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Government plans to raise minimum pension age to 57

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Written by: Emma Lunn
11/02/2021
The minimum pension age is set to increase to 57 in 2028 under plans unveiled in a government consultation.

At present, people aged 55 can access their retirement funds but the Treasury wants to see this age limit increased by two years from 6 April 2028.

The normal minimum pension age is the minimum age at which most pension savers can access their pensions without incurring an unauthorised payments tax charge (unless they are taking their pension due to ill-health).

The government says increasing the normal minimum pension age reflects increases in longevity and changing expectations of how long we will remain in work and in retirement.

Raising the normal minimum pension age to age 57 could encourage individuals to save longer for their retirement, and so help ensure that individuals will have financial security in later life.

The rise will maintain a 10-year gap between the point someone can access their private pension and the state pension age.

The increase to age 57 will not apply to those who are members of the firefighters, police and armed forces public service pension schemes.

Michael Ambery, partner at Hymans Robertson said: “Individual pension savers could be put off by changes that on the face of things may just sound like you need to work for longer and money is locked away. In the current environment saving for retirement and what that looks like may mean this may feel unpopular.

“A change to the earliest point at which an individual can claim pension benefits and the payment of benefits such as state pension and other pensions becomes a juggling act where an individual will need help and support in order to determine best approach and timing of taking benefits.”

Sarah Brough, a professional trustee at Dalriada Trustees, said: “There is a possibility that some employees will rush to retire before the step-up kicks in. So, communication with members will be important, ensuring they make informed decisions on taking benefits rather than just a knee-jerk reaction to the change in the law.”

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