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Why Couples Must Review Their Pension Policies Together

Pensions legislation is always changing ...


Posted by Sam Bradford on 18/01/2024 @ 8:00AM

As a couple, it's essential to regularly review your pension policies. The ever-changing landscape of pension legislation means that it's crucial to stay informed and make necessary adjustments to ensure a comfortable retirement for both partners ...

Regular pension reviews provide clarity, peace of mind, and ensure that both partners are making the most out of their pension savings!

Regular pension reviews provide clarity, peace of mind, and ensure that both partners are making the most out of their pension savings!

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Firstly, it's crucial to understand your combined retirement income as a couple. By reviewing your pension policies together, you can have a clear picture of what your retirement income will look like. This helps in planning for a secure future and ensures that both partners are on the same page regarding their financial security.

"Moreover, regular reviews help in maximising pension benefits for couples!"

This includes state pensions, private pensions, and workplace pensions. By staying informed and reviewing your pension plans, you can identify opportunities to maximise these benefits, such as through additional voluntary contributions or taking advantage of employer match schemes.

The UK's pension policies and legislation are subject to frequent changes, and it's crucial to stay informed and make necessary adjustments to your pension plans accordingly. This ensures that you are in the best possible position when you retire.

Furthermore, early reviews can highlight any potential shortfalls in your pension savings. This allows you to take corrective action, such as increasing contributions or adjusting retirement age expectations. By addressing these shortfalls early on, you can ensure a more comfortable retirement for both partners.

Life events can also significantly impact pension plans, and regular reviews help in planning for these changes. Major life events such as marriage, having children, or career changes can have a significant impact on your pension plans. By reviewing your policies together, you can ensure that your pension strategy remains aligned with your current life situation.

It's also essential to keep beneficiary nominations up to date. By reviewing your pension policies regularly, you can ensure that in the event of a partner's death, pension benefits are appropriately allocated. This provides peace of mind and ensures that your loved ones are taken care of in the future.

To summarise what you need to do:

  • Understand your combined retirement income

  • Maximise your pension benefits

  • Navigate changes to pension legislation

  • Address pension shortfalls early

  • Plan for life events for you and your children

  • Ensure nomination accuracy in the event of your death

It's also vital to understand how your pensions are taxed. By reviewing your policies together, couples can plan their retirement income in a tax-efficient manner, potentially saving a significant amount of money in the long run.

"So, regular pension policy reviews
are crucial for couples!"

They provide clarity, peace of mind, and ensure that both partners are making the most out of their pension savings for a secure and comfortable retirement. By staying informed and making necessary adjustments, couples can plan for a happy and financially stable future together.

Until next time ...



Would you like to know more?

If anything I've written in this blog post resonates with you and you'd like to arrange a pension review, it may be a great idea to give me a call on 07887 832222 and let's see how I can help.

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As always, remember that this blog post is for informational purposes only and should not replace professional financial advice.

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About Sam Bradford ...


I have been advising private individuals and businesses as a Financial Planner for over 20 years. I am a Chartered Financial Planner and Fellow of the Personal Finance Society and a Certified Money Coach.

As a Chartered Financial Planner, I hold the highest level of qualification available in the Financial planning profession as well as gaining a masters in Finance in 2021. I set up my own financial planning practice in 2020 to follow my passion of bringing straight forward, honest and easy to understand financial advice to those who need it.

I live in a 400 year old cottage with my husband, 2 dogs (Maia and Greg), 6 chickens and 3 beehives!

I love being outside and in nature and feel right at home digging in the veggie patch or going on road trips to the amazing UK countryside in our trusty camper van! I love being part of our local community and have volunteered as a scout leader for over 15 years as well as being the current President of the Rotary Club of Milton Keynes.

For fun, I also love all things creative from playing my accordion and guitar to painting and knitting! My most recent hobby has been to learn how to ring church bells at our local church (but this is still very much a work in progress!)


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