Five years, ten years, two years away from reaching your retirement age? The more time you allow to plan for your retirement the better, as there some big decisions to consider. We’re here to help you as you create your own retirement plan to ensure you make the most of your pension. Click one of the below to start your journey.
There are an increasing number of companies claiming they can offer you high growth investment options outside of your current pension arrangement or help you access your pension as cash early. You need to be very careful if a company says they can do this for you. Often these arrangements can put your savings at unnecessary risk or result in tax charges and penalties of more than half the pot’s value and you won’t be told about this. If you’re concerned you should consider taking advice from an independent financial adviser. The Pension Regulator has more information about this here.
You may be able to transfer the benefits you’ve built up into another pension arrangement. For instance, you could transfer them into a new employer’s pension plan, a personal pension, stakeholder pension plan or a buy-out contract. There are various rules around pension transfers and you will need specialised IFA advice if you are in a Defined Benefit scheme and the value of the transfer is over £30,000. Contact us here if you would like a ‘Cash Equivalent Transfer Value’ (CETV) statement. You can receive independent advice from MoneyHelper here.
If your scheme or company is paying for our Retirement helpdesk service, you can contact us here.
Don’t let a scammer enjoy your retirement. Find out how pension scams work, how to avoid them and what to do if you suspect a scam here.
You may be entitled to a pension or a lump sum if your spouse, partner, or someone you were dependant on has passed away. Please do let us know here, if someone receiving a pension from us has died, or call us on 0800 122 5800 (from outside of the UK +44 20 3727 9850). We will need the member’s name, address, National Insurance number, date of birth and date of death. It would help if you know the member’s membership number and scheme name. Please let us know your telephone number, email address and relationship with the member. We will then be in touch about the next steps.
If you get divorced or dissolve a civil partnership, the courts need to decide how to divide your assets between you and your former spouse or civil partner. When they do this, they’ll take the value of your pension benefits into account. Please get in touch here to get details of your pension benefits for divorce proceedings.
When you die, most schemes, will provide your spouse or civil partner with a pension. If you don’t have a spouse or civil partner, your scheme may provide a pension to someone who was financially dependent on you. If we pay a pension to any of these people, their pension may also increase each year in line with inflation.
The minimum age you can start taking your pension is 55. This is set by the government. However, your scheme may have a higher minimum ‘Normal Retirement Age’, which is usually 65. Some schemes have exceptions due to ill health or protected minimum retirement ages. The latest that you can retire is 75.
Everyone is different in terms of when they want to retire and how much they will want to spend. You may spend less on transport to work, upkeep of your children and you may have paid off your mortgage. However, you may want to spend more on holidays and your health. You can access an online budget planner from the MoneyHelper here. The Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association has an excellent resource setting out retirement living standards here.
It may be possible to retire early, if your scheme rules and trustee board allow this. You can contact us here, if you believe that you are eligible.
You may be able to delay taking your pension. In some cases, it may result in an increase in your monthly payments.
It is very important to keep your details updated. You can update your bank Account here or request a form.
Your benefits are valuable and so it is important to keep your contact details up-to-date. You can update your email address, postal address and telephone number here.
Your expression of wish form tells the Trustee who you would like any death benefits paid to. You should regularly update this to make sure it reflects your current personal circumstances and wishes. It is critical that you keep your Expression of Wishes up-to-date. You can request the form here.
Isio is a multi award winning pension administrator. Our focus is happy staff and a high quality member experience. Please do email, write or call us, if you have any question around the administration of your benefits. We are here to help. If you need any advice however, you need to speak to an Independent Financial Adviser. The government has set up a service to offer free, impartial guidance. You can call MoneyHelper on 0800 138 3944. You can also find lots of guidance around your retirement options at https://www.moneyhelper.org.uk/en.
If you have any questions please get in touch using our online tools, telephone or post.
Post: Isio, PO Box 108, Blyth, NE24 9DY
Helpline: 0800 122 5800 (from outside of the UK +44 20 3727 9850)
Opening times: 9:00am to 5:00pm, Monday to Friday