In a recent press release, insurance and financial services company Aviva called upon the government to develop a comprehensive plan to support young pensioners’ retirement savings. Recognizing the challenges faced by this demographic group, Aviva advocates for a blueprint of pension savings support that addresses the unique needs of those who retire early.
Aviva’s call to action comes as the company highlights the increasing number of individuals choosing to retire earlier and the financial obstacles they encounter. With changing demographics and shifting attitudes towards work-life balance, many individuals aspire to enjoy their retirement years while they are still in good health and able to pursue personal interests. However, this desire for early retirement often clashes with the reality of inadequate pension savings, leaving young pensioners vulnerable to financial instability in their later years.
Aviva Research Findings
Recent research conducted by Aviva reveals that almost 3.4 million individuals aged between 32 and 40 are actively saving into their defined contribution pension. These savers have the potential to accumulate £225,000 or more in pension savings by the time they retire in 2050. However, despite this significant sum, it is unlikely to provide a moderate retirement income, as indicated by the Retirement Living Standards set by the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA).
The lack of knowledge about how much to save to achieve desired retirement income is a prevalent issue among young pensioners. A staggering 64% of individuals on middle incomes, set to retire in the 2050s, admitted to not knowing how much they need to save in order to meet their desired retirement income level. Furthermore, over half of this group (52%) express uncertainty and claim they “wouldn’t know where to start” when it comes to retirement planning.
One significant concern highlighted by Aviva’s research is the lack of advice sought by individuals approaching retirement. While the majority of UK adults yet to retire (72%) desire unbiased advice, only 10% of those on middle incomes retiring in the 2050s have actually sought professional advice. This lack of guidance further exacerbates the challenges faced by young pensioners in effectively managing their retirement savings.
Addressing the Issue
To address these issues, Aviva proposes a multi-faceted approach to support young pensioners in their retirement planning. Firstly, the company stresses the need for improved awareness and education programs tailored specifically to this demographic. By providing accessible and comprehensive educational resources, the government can empower young pensioners with the knowledge required to make informed decisions about their pension savings.
Additionally, Aviva suggests expanding access to suitable financial products that cater to the unique needs of young pensioners. Creating pension plans designed specifically for those retiring at a younger age, considering factors such as longer retirement periods and different risk appetites, would provide greater options for young pensioners to achieve their financial goals.
Flexibility within pension schemes is another crucial aspect that Aviva believes the government should address. Young pensioners often have specific circumstances, such as starting new business ventures or engaging in part-time employment during retirement. Aviva calls on the government to develop a regulatory framework that allows for greater flexibility in accessing pension funds, facilitating a smoother transition from full-time work to retirement.
As Aviva makes this impassioned plea to the government, it remains to be seen how policymakers will respond to the growing concerns of young pensioners. With the number of individuals retiring at a younger age on the rise, it is crucial for the government to address their unique challenges and provide the necessary support to secure their financial future. By heeding Aviva’s call and developing a blueprint of pension savings support, the government has an opportunity to make a significant difference in the lives of young pensioners across the