HNWIs aren’t utilizing additional pensions allowance

A yr on because the enhance within the pensions’ annual allowance, the vast majority of HNWIs (56%) aren’t utilising the additional £20,000 allowance out there to them, new knowledge from the Saltus Wealth Index Report has revealed.

The analysis additionally revealed that pension pots of these nearing retirement are at present greater than £100,000 wanting the place they need to be to fulfill the earnings they need in retirement.

In April 2023, the annual allowance – the quantity it can save you right into a pension pot annually earlier than paying tax – elevated from £40,000 to £60,000.

Some 42% of HNWIs mentioned then they deliberate to contribute the complete £60,000, however solely a 3rd have contributed greater than £40,000 and simply 8% greater than £50,000.

Elements akin to the price of residing disaster and supporting relations, have meant pension contributions aren’t being prioritised. 13% of respondents mentioned they have been decreasing pension contributions as a direct results of rising prices. In the meantime 10% of these with grownup kids (and 15% of these with grownup grandchildren) mentioned they’ve lowered their very own pension contributions particularly to fund monetary assist for youthful generations.

Practically a 3rd of HNWIs (27%) mentioned they’re contributing above the earlier annual allowance – including between £40,000 and £50,000 into their pension this yr – but solely 8% are contributing as much as the utmost £60,000.

The common pension contribution for HNWIs is £35,400, up solely £1,600 from April 2023 the place common contributions (prior to extend in annual allowance) have been £33,800.

Moreover, the analysis exhibits the common pension pot of HNWIs is £483,571 – greater than £50,000 wanting the £535,979 pot that will be vital to offer their desired stage of earnings. For these nearing retirement (respondents aged 55+) the shortfall is even bigger, at greater than £115,000.

Gianpaolo Mantini, Chartered Monetary Planner at Saltus, mentioned: “When the rise to the pensions’ annual allowance contribution got here into impact this time final yr, it’s one thing we might have anticipated to see most HNWIs profiting from. Nevertheless, they aren’t.

“As a comparatively new change, I believe the underutilisation may very well be because of a lack of information in regards to the elevated allowance, and if folks don’t know that it’s out there, they might be sticking to the identical method for his or her pension that they’ve used for years.”

• The survey included 2,000 UK respondents (aged 18+) who’ve £250k+ of investable property. Analysis was performed by Censuswide. The analysis was carried out on-line in December 2023. 



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