Salary Sacrifice

Waiving all or part of your salary in return for a preferential sum

In the context of retirement planning, salary sacrifice (sometimes known as ‘salary waiver’) is a contractual agreement to waive all or part of your salary in return for your employer contributing a preferential (equivalent) sum into your pension plan.

For a salary sacrifice to be effective, it must be ‘given up’ before it’s subjected to tax or National Insurance Contributions (NICs). This allows you to save the entire amount of your sacrificed income in your pension plan free of tax and NICs.
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Transferring your pension

Much will depend upon your individual circumstances and objectives

Pension transfers can be complicated and you should always seek professional financial advice before going ahead. If you’re thinking about transferring your pension(s) into a new personal pension plan or Self-Invested Personal Pension (SIPP), remember; whether a transfer is suitable or not will very much depend upon your individual circumstances and objectives.
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Extra State Pension

Putting off your claim for at least five weeks

By choosing to put off claiming your State Pension you can receive an extra State Pension. You must put off your claim for at least five weeks. For every five weeks you put off claiming you can earn an increase to your State Pension of one per cent. Extra State Pension is paid on top of your normal weekly State Pension. It continues for as long as you are getting State Pension. Extra State Pension is increased each April in line with increases to your State Pension.
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Changes to the State Pension age

A gradual increase over two years every decade

State Pension age is the earliest age at which you can claim your State Pension. It is currently 65 for men and 60 for women. However, the State Pension age is changing and will increase between 2010 and 2046.

Currently, the State Pension age is 65 for men born before 6 April 1959. For women born on or before 5 April 1950, State Pension age is 60.
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The additional State Pension

Important changes on the horizon

The additional State Pension, or State Second Pension, is paid in addition to the basic State Pension. Your entitlement to the additional State Pension (whether from SERPS – State Earnings-Related Pension Scheme, or from the State Second Pension) is calculated when you claim the basic State Pension.
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