The biggest news in terms of pensions was actually omitted from the chancellor’s speech. However, we have delved into the detail to uncover the changes planned for how pension payments are calculated, which when they are introduced in 2030, could see retirement income dropping by 4-5% for those worst affected.
In a nutshell, the retail price index (RPI) that is currently used to measure inflation is to be phased out in favour of the consumer prices index plus the cost of housing (CPIH). will have a significant impact on traditional defined benefit pension schemes.
With CPIH usually about 0.8 percentage points lower than RPI, those with a Defined Benefit pension could see their pension income drop significantly from what they expected.
In-spite of all the uncertainty, a number of factors could make this the best time to transfer your pension into another scheme.
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