What to think about when planning for retirement


Let's Talk MoneyIf you've not thought about planning your retirement yet, don't panic. There are always things you can do, no matter how close you are taking your pension.

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opens link in new window Download our Pension Credit guide (PDF 637 KB)

opens link in new window Need some help? Download our Pension credit factsheet (PDF 240 KB)

opens link in new window Download our factsheet on the State pension (PDF 243KB)

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Are you thinking about retirement?

The pension calculator is a pre-retirement planning tool and can help you plan ahead.

Useful website

  • The Pension Service provides details of state pensions‚ including forecasts and how to claim your pension.

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