You are here: Home - Retirement - Retirement planning - News -

BLOG: ‘Sandwich Generation’ women’s finances too thinly spread

0
Written by:
08/03/2016
My inbox has been inundated with research and statistics about women and their finances to mark International Women’s Day, which falls today.
BLOG: ‘Sandwich Generation’ women’s finances too thinly spread

Most, unfortunately, make for pretty depressing reading.  Women struggle to manage debt. Women are massively underinsured. Women lack confidence when it comes to investing.

But one email left me feeling particularly disheartened. It came from insurance firm Aegon and said that ‘sandwich generation’ women – those aged 40-59 – face a triple whammy of low private pension savings, low state pension and the gender pay gap.

Figures from the TUC last week revealed that women have barely half the pension savings as men.

Aegon’s own research found that 45% of 40-59 year old women don’t have a retirement action plan at all and more than half (53%) will rely on their partner for financial support in retirement.

Regarding the State Pension, millions of women in their late 50s and 60s have been affected by changes to the State Pension Age and will have to wait longer than they thought to claim it.

As for the gender pay gap, MP Maria Miller, chair of a parliamentary select committee set up to scrutinise gender equality, told The Guardian it remained a particular problem for women over 40 because of a “lack of quality part-time work and a lack of effective shared parental leave policies”.

It would be easy to take the ostrich approach to these problems, but the good news is there are some practical steps  women can take to improve the outlook for their retirement income, according to Aegon.

The first is to get informed.

If you’re over 50, ask for a New State Pension statement and find out when you’ll be eligible to start claiming it. Ring 0345 3000 168 or go to gov.uk.

Find out how many years National insurance Contributions you have from HMRC. Under the new rules coming in on 6 April, you’ll need 35 years of NI contributions to get the full State Pension. If you’ve had career breaks you can top up your contributions before you reach State Pension age.

Other things you can do include staying automatically enrolled in your employer’s pension scheme and benefiting from tax relief on your contributions and your employer’s contributions, and consolidating all your pensions in one place.

There are 0 Comment(s)

If you wish to comment without signing in, click your cursor in the top box and tick the 'Sign in as a guest' box at the bottom.

130 million old £1 coins still out there: what to do if you have one

An estimated 131 million old round £1 coins have yet to be returned to the Royal Mint, nearly three years afte...
130 million old £1 coins still out there: what to do if you have one

How to get 5% interest without tying up your savings for years

You don't have to lock your money away to get an above-average return on your savings.
How to get 5% interest without tying up your savings for years

Why you shouldn’t buy travel currency in the UK with your credit card

If you’re heading abroad this summer, exchanging money in the UK ahead of your travels is a sensible idea. But...
Why you shouldn’t buy travel currency in the UK with your credit card

Ryanair jetting towards US flights for £10

Ryanair is on course to achieve its long-held ambition of offering transatlantic flights to the US – and the...

Investing in car parks: a good vehicle for income seekers?

As the search for income continues, many investors are turning to alternatives, with car parks becoming increa...

A quick guide to guarantor loans – in association with Guarantor Loan Comparison

Considering a guarantor loan or becoming a guarantor yourself? Read our essential guide...

Results round-up: Companies to watch this week

Mulberry and more will face the music this week.

Product launches of the week

Select Property Group, Schroders, Leeds Building Society and more have exciting news this week.

Money Tips of the Week