Over half of the UK population are unaware of government plans
Over half of the UK population are unaware of government plans to reform the State Pension and the impact that will have on them, according to recent research. Among the 55 to 64-year-old age group, 32% are unaware of the changes.
In Budget 2014, Chancellor George Osborne promised greater pension freedom from April next year. People will be able to access as much or as little of their defined contribution pension as they want and pass on their hard-earned pensions to their families tax-free.
Six years after the start of the financial crisis, what lessons should we have learnt?
1 Plan for the unexpected
Many believe that markets are much safer today than they were six years ago, thanks in large part to the numerous regulations and safeguards put in place to avoid a repeat of the financial crisis.
It’s a fact THAT more of us will require specialist care in our later years
Today, the cost of care is a major concern for many people, with the average level of pension savings unlikely to be enough to cover any long-term care requirements in addition to providing a retirement income.
Why the consequences could be far-reaching for you and your loved ones
Significant changes to existing intestacy rules came into force on 1 October 2014 in England and Wales, with the aim of making things simpler and clearer. The consequences could be far-reaching for you and your loved ones, and while there are increasing entitlements for surviving spouses and registered civil partners, the changes highlight the importance of making a Will to ensure your wishes are carried out.
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