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What is flexible income (drawdown)?
Flexible income (drawdown) allows to you keep your pension savings invested when you reach retirement and take money out of your pension pot. You can usually take up to 25% of your pension savings tax-free upfront. The taxable part of your pension is then moved into a drawdown account.
You can withdraw as much or as little you want from your remaining pension. However, you do not have to take all of your full tax-free cash entitlement in one go.
How flexible income (drawdown) works
Work out how much you need to live on
Your pension has to last a long time, so it's essential to consider your needs before you decide how to withdraw
Withdrawing your money
You tell us how you want to withdraw your pension:
- tax-free lump sum – you may be entitled to up to 25% of the money you have in your pension with us tax-free
- regular or one-off income payments
Choose your investments
When you take any tax-free money, we need to move money into your drawdown account. You'll need to decide how you want that money to be invested.
Your can choose from our full range of funds. Or, to make things easier, we've created 4 investment pathways you can choose from. Each investment pathway is based on your retirement goal.
Adapt when you need to
If your circumstances change, you can adjust your plan to your needs by speaking to us.
Our pension specialists are ready to discuss the process via pre-booked appointments if you are an existing client.
A simple example
- If you have a pension of £100,000
- You decide to take the first 25% as tax-free cash which is £25,000
- The remaining £75,000 stays invested.
- For example, you could use this to take a regular income of £1,200 – which will be taxed as an income.
You can withdraw as much or as little you want from your remaining pension.
Our investment pathways
When you move money into drawdown, you can choose the option that best fits your plans.
What do you plan to do with the money in your drawdown account within the next 5 years?
I have no plans to touch my money in the next 5 years
Your drawdown account will be invested in one of our Target Retirement funds. These aim to continue growing your savings while gradually reducing risk as time goes on.
I plan to use my money to set up a guaranteed income (annuity) within the next 5 years
Your drawdown account will be invested in the U.K. Short-Term Investment Grade Bond Index Fund. This low-risk fund aims to preserve your retirement savings while giving you a small short-term return. We do not offer annuities but will transfer you to a new provider if you want one.
I plan to start taking my money as a long-term income within the next 5 years
Your drawdown account will be invested in one of our Target Retirement funds. These aim to continue to grow your savings while gradually reducing risk as time goes on.
I plan to take out all my money within the next 5 years
Your drawdown account will be invested in our Money Market fund. This low-risk fund aims to protect your retirement savings.
Our pathways and value for money
Read these independent reports on our pathways and value for money.
How much tax you might pay
You can usually take 25% of your pension tax-free. Any money you withdraw from the remaining 75%, in your drawdown account, will be added to any other income you have for that tax year.
You will pay tax on your drawdown income if you draw more than your personal allowance. How much depends on your total income for that tax year. HMRC has guidance on the tax you might pay.
Your first payment will likely put you on an emergency tax code. HMRC needs to provide us with your tax code before we can tax you correctly. You do not need to contact HMRC to change the tax code, but you can claim a refund on the tax you overpaid.
Advantages and disadvantages of flexible income (drawdown)
you decide how much money to take and when to take it. You can set up an income that you can stop, start or change at any time
any money that you do not take now, you can leave invested so it has the potential to grow in a tax efficient way
you can decide how you want your money invested
we'll pay any money in your pension to your beneficiaries when you die. How much tax they'll pay on that money will depend on how old you are when you die and what your beneficiary’s tax situation is
stay in control of how much tax you'll pay by managing how much you take out of your pension
if you do not trigger the Money Purchase Annual Allowance (MPAA), you might be able to carry forward unused allowances from previous years
How to apply for flexible income (drawdown)
1. Book a call
Log in to your account and book a call with our pension specialists to discuss your options. Submit a request for the withdrawal you want via your account.
2. Get an illustration
We'll create an illustration to show you how your withdrawal could impact your savings.
3. Review and agree
Review your illustration and book another call with our pension specialists to complete the final steps.
4. Receive payment
Once you've told us you are happy to proceed, we'll process your pension withdrawal to your bank account. You'll receive your pension withdrawal within 10 working days.
Why choose us?
Our account fee is just 0.15% and capped at £375 a year. With free withdrawals and no extra charges it means you keep more of your returns.
No minimum withdrawal amounts
Unlike some providers we do not have a minimum withdrawal amount, so you can take your tax - free cash in lots of smaller chunks if you want to.
Our pension specialists are on hand to help, no matter what the question.
Things to consider
We are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.
We keep your personal information and investments safe at all times.
We are covered by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme.