How much you need to retire

Whatever your plans are for the future, it's important that you take time to think about the lifestyle you want to have.

How much do you need to have saved?

How much do you need to have saved for the lifestyle you want? Do you have other sources of income that you could use in retirement?

Things to consider when working out how much you might need include:

  • your lifestyle now and the lifestyle you want in retirement
  • how much you’ve saved in all your pensions and other investments you might have
  • if you have any debts to pay off.

Consider how long your pension needs to last. The UK average life expectancy for a 55 year old man is 84. For a 55 year old woman it's 87 (source: Office for National Statistics).

It's hard to know what you'll need in retirement, but it’s worth being prepared for changes in your spending. Some expenses might fall, like mortgage payments and commuting costs. Others can rise, such as care costs. So you need to factor this into your budget.

Be prepared for spending shifts

As we age, the types of things we spend money on, and the amount we spend, changes. In early retirement, we typically go through a period of enjoying things such as holidays and home improvements, before spending decreases as we shift to a simpler lifestyle. As we move to a more supported lifestyle later in our retirement, costs may increase due to health and care needs.

Using independent research carried out by Loughborough Universtity on behalf of the Pension and Lifetime Savings Association, below is a benchmark level of annual income you may need in retirement:

Modest lifestyle Moderate lifestyle Comfortable lifestyle
Couple £16,700/year £30,600/year £49,700/year
Single £10,900/year £20,800/year £33,600/year

For more information on what this level of income might look like, take a look at the independent Retirement Living Standards guide.

You can get a valuation of plans you have with us by logging in online. Or you could check your recent statement, or give us a call.

The State Pension

The full State Pension is just over £9,627 for the 2022/23 tax year. That amount is protected and currently goes up by at least 2.5% a year.

You will only be able to receive the State Pension when you reach a certain age, and if you have paid enough National Insurance Contributions. See more on the State Pension.

Other pensions you may have

Consider any pensions you may have with other providers as you might want to think about combining them. You should also track down any lost pensions.

Once you know how much you have, take a look at our Pension Options Calculator to see what you could get in the future.

Don’t forget, you can add to the income you’d get in retirement with other investments such as ISAs or OEICs, and any value in your property.

What you might expect to receive in your retirement may be affected by inflation. As living costs rise, the value of a fixed income goes down. Depending on how you decide to take your pension savings, you may be able to protect your income against the impact of inflation. Find out more about this in your pension options.

What next?

We hope this information has helped. We think you can never know enough when it comes to your pension, so for more information about shaping the future you want, go back to Understand more.

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