Things to consider before accessing your pension pot

Do you want the security of a guaranteed income for life? Or is flexibility more important to you? Make sure you carefully consider your options and know what you want from your retirement.


  • Do you have more than one pension pot and have you got an idea of how much you have saved?

    You could consolidate your pensions

    Having multiple pensions can make it hard to find the time to manage them. Consolidating them into one place could make it easier for you to see what you have and make decisions based on your combined pension savings. Whether you're ready to take a retirement income or still considering what to do, there are options available to you to consolidate your pensions into a product based on your needs.

    Learn more about pension consolidation

  • Are your pension savings enough to meet your retirement needs now and in the future? You can take a look at our retirement checklist to help you decide when the best time to retire for you may be.

  • Does your current pension provider offer you a Guaranteed Annuity Rate, a Guaranteed Minimum Pension, or any other valuable benefits? If they do, then it would be a good idea to look at these first to see what you would get.

  • Do you know how much state pension you may receive?
  • Have you thought about when you’d like to retire and what you’d like to spend more time doing?

  • Have you thought about what might happen as you get older and the help and support you might need?

Find out more about funding the cost of care

It’s worth thinking about what level of certainty you’ll need around your regular income and what risk, if any, you're prepared to take with your money

Find out more about your retirement income options

Your retirement income will be taxable.  It may be sensible to consider taking an income evenly across your retirement. Lump sums may be liable to income tax at a higher rate.

Find out more about tax in retirement

Inheritance tax

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Pension wise

The Government’s impartial retirement guidance will help you avoid the risks and think about what’s right for you.

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