1 in 2 adults anticipate to work to State Pension age

Half of adults anticipate to work to at the least the State Pension age, at the moment 66, however half of beneath 50s consider there in all probability will now not be a State Pension by the point they retire, in response to a suppose tank’s analysis.

The analysis revealed widespread assist for the State Pension however many stated they didn’t suppose they might stay on it or anticipated it to be nugatory or non-existent by the point they retired.

Many individuals mistakenly believed that State Pensions are funded immediately by Nationwide Insurance coverage from a segregated pot of cash fairly from common taxation, as they’re.

Phoenix Insights, the longevity suppose tank of the Phoenix Group, compiled six key retirement information from its analysis to mark the 8.5% Triple Lock-based improve within the State Pension from 8 April.

The six key findings they discovered have been: 

  • Half of adults anticipate to work as much as at the least their state pension age (51%)
  • Simply 18% of adults say they might stay on the State Pension alone in retirement
  • Over one in 5 (22%) over-55s have no idea their State Pension age
  • 87% of adults consider the State Pension is there to make sure everybody has a minimal degree of revenue in retirement
  • Nearly all of adults (84%) consider that it a necessary position of presidency to supply the State Pension
  • Half of beneath 50s suppose that there in all probability received’t be a state pension by the point they retire

Patrick Thomson, head of analysis and coverage at Phoenix Insights, stated: “The State Pension issues to all of us, it is a crucial intergeneration social contract serving to to cut back poverty amongst retirees, paid for from contributions of the working age inhabitants. It’s the greatest single a part of the social safety system and has been the inspiration for many individuals’s retirement revenue for over 75 years.

“Nevertheless, Phoenix Insights’ analysis exploring public attitudes in the direction of the state pension discovered that understanding of the system could be very low, together with round what the ‘Triple Lock’ is and when folks can entry their State Pension. A standard false impression among the many public was that Nationwide Insurance coverage contributions are saved in a private pot and accessed at state pension age fairly than the State Pension being paid for out of common taxation.

“As an growing proportion of the inhabitants reaches State Pension age within the coming a long time, it will be important that the system is trusted, sustainable, comprehensible and helps the monetary safety of retirees.”

“We all know that merely elevating the State Pension age doesn’t imply that individuals will be capable to work for longer. We’d like correct assist to assist make work higher for extra folks, and to assist these unable to work to increased ages.”

Phoenix Group is likely one of the UK’s largest long-term financial savings and retirement enterprise and has £259 billion of property beneath administration. Its manufacturers embrace Normal Life, SunLife, Phoenix Life and ReAssure.

• Analysis information was compiled from: Phoenix Group polling with Opinium, January 2024, 2,000 UK adults, Phoenix Insights (2022); Reaching a sure age: Public attitudes to the state pension; Phoenix Insights (2023), An intergenerational contract: Coverage suggestions for the way forward for the state pension.

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