When someone reaches retirement, they can take up to 25% of their pension as a tax-free lump sum (called the ‘pension commencement lump sum’). The remaining 75% has usually been used to purchase an annuity, a financial product that provides them with a guaranteed income for life, or been left invested, allowing them to take a portion of their pension pot each year to provide an income – known as ‘income drawdown’.
Greater choice and flexibility about how retirees use a
pension pot to fund retirement income
T he 2014 Budget announced major changes to the way that members of a defined contribution pension scheme could access their pension savings. In March 2014, the Chancellor George Osborne announced changes to the pension world which would revolutionise the way members of defined contribution schemes could access their pension benefits. These wide-ranging changes move away from individuals being required to purchase an annuity and instead offer a number of different options for drawing their pension benefits.