Pensions income needed to retire rises

    Simpson Wood
    18th April 2024
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    The amount needed for a single person to have a moderate retirement has risen to £31,300, according to the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA).

    The rising cost of living and an increased importance on socialising following the pandemic had pushed up the income required by £8,000, the PLSA said.

    The PLSA uses evidence from focus groups to make the estimates, and they are intended as a guide for those planning their retirement savings.

    The calculations are pitched at three different levels – minimum, moderate and comfortable – and are developed and maintained independently by the Centre for Research in Social Policy at Loughborough University.

    They estimated that a single person needed £14,400 a year for a minimum lifestyle, and £43,100 a year for a comfortable retirement.

    Couples required a joint £22,400 at the minimum level, £43,100 at a moderate level and £59,000 at a comfortable level.

    Nigel Peaple, Director for Policy and Advocacy at the PLSA, said: 

    ‘The cost of living has put enormous pressure on household finances over the last year and, as the research shows, this is no different for retirees.’

    Internet link: PLSA website

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