Rewritten Retirement Rules

LOOKING TO DISCOVER WHAT YOU CAN DO WITH YOUR PENSION POT?


IN 2015, THE RETIREMENT RULES WERE REWRITTEN

The rules, which came into effect from 6 April 2015, have changed the way people take money out of their pensions, with new freedoms and options available to anyone over the age of 55. Pension freedom tax rules allow members of defined contribution pension schemes to access their pension savings early, provided they have reached the required minimum pension age (currently 55).


FLEXIBLE WITHDRAWALS

Scheme members can now take their pension benefits in a number of ways. This could be as one or more payments a year for a number of years, several payments a year over a shorter time frame, or the full value of the fund could be taken in one payment subject to Income Tax.


Through the second quarter of 2020 (between April and June), £2.3 billion was withdrawn from pensions flexibly – a 17% decrease year-on-year from £2.8 billion (second quarter 2019).