What is a Pension

A pension is simply a tax-efficient long-term savings product designed to build up a fund to use when you retire. A well prepared pension plan which is regularly reviewed should go some way to providing you with a reasonable level of income in your retirement.

Pensions come in all shapes and sizes, they can be as simple or as complex as you like.

There are three main sources of pension benefits; the state, a company pension and/or a personal pension.

state pension

A state pension is a plan that you save up through your national insurance contributions then receive a regular payment from the government when you retirement.

workplace pension

A workplace pension is a plan that's arranged through your employer and a percentage of your pay is automatically put into your pension each payday.

personal pension

A personal pensionis an individual contract set up between you and the pension provider. The government have offered tax incentives to help us save for retirement. The three key tax incentives attached to a personal pension are:

  • Tax relief on contributions
  • Tax free growth
  • Tax free pension commencement lump sum (From age 55)