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Retirement Account

  1. Overview
  2. In detail
  3. GIS review
  4. FAQs
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Retirement Account overview

Like other personal pension plans, the Retirement Account is a way of saving for your future whilst receiving favourable tax treatment. However, unlike others, this plan helps you to save for retirement during your Retirement Planning and gives you the option to phase your pension over a period of time or move wholly into Retirement Income (income drawdown) all in one account.

Features & benefits

  • Start Retirement Planning from £200 a month, or make a £10,000 single payment (after tax relief has been added)
  • Transparency of charging – service, investment and advice charges are shown separately
  • Access to an extensive range of investments
  • Bring together all your existing pension plans in one place
  • Online access can give you more control over how you save and get an up-to-date valuation
  • Pay regular or single payments to your Retirement Account. If you’re employed, your employer can also contribute
  • Choose your retirement age – anytime between the ages of 55 and 99 (for Retirement Income). You can take your benefits by:
    • moving (designating) part or all of the value of your Account from Retirement Planning to Retirement Income
    • using the value of your Account to buy one or more annuities, from us or another annuity provider
    • By age 99 you must use the value of your Account to buy an annuity or transfer it to another pension provider. (Scottish Widows annuities are only available up to age 75 however it may be possible to purchase an annuity after this by transferring to another provider.)
  • On purchasing an annuity or designating, you can normally take part of the value of your Account as a tax free cash sum
  • You can still continue to invest whilst also taking an income.

The level of income you receive from your pension plan will depend upon a number of factors including the value of the plan when you decide to take your pension, which isn't guaranteed and can go down as well as up. The value of your plan could fall below the amount(s) paid in.

Retirement Account in detail