If you have hopes for an early retirement you might want to check how much you're contributing to your pension each month. New research suggests the minimum contributions may not be enough however there is some good news as even small extra contributions can make a big difference overtime. To talk through the figures Share Radio's Tom Hill spoke to Former Pensions Minister and Director of Policy at Royal London, Steve Webb.
Sarah Pennells is joined in the studio by Rachael Saunders from Business In the Community, and over the phone by Michelle Cracknell of The Pensions Regulatory Service and Fiona Tait of Royal London. Sarah and her guests talk about working in retirement and setting up a small business whilst receiving your pension . Sarah and her guests discuss the practicalities of setting up a business in retirement, as well as looking at what the rules say about receiving your pension whilst still at work.
Sarah Pennells is joined in the studio by Alan Higham, founder of Pensions Champion, and Tina Weeks, founder of Serenity Financial Planning, to discuss the state pension, and look at what you will actually get if you're due to retire. Despite being called a flat rate or single tier pension, not everyone will necessarily get the same amount and far fewer women than men will qualify for the full figure of £155.65 a week. In the programme Sarah will be looking at who is entitled to the new state pension and the differences between the current and the new pension.
Sarah Pennells is joined in the studio by Griselda Williams of TRUST|Pensions and on the phone with Debbie Houghton from the Rowan Organisation and Sarah-Jane Butler from Parental Choice to discuss how to set up a pension if you employee someone for help around the house or with your children such as a nanny, childminder, gardener or cleaner.
Sarah Pennells is joined in the studio by Malcolm McLean from Barnett-Waddingham and Claire Walsh from Aspect8 as well as on the phone with Jonathan Bland from Pension Geeks and Robert Cochran of Scottish Widows to talk about pensions and the Pensions Awareness Day 2015 Campaign.
Malcolm Mclean, Claire Walsh, Jonathan Bland, Robert Cochran
Sarah Pennells is joined in the studio by pensions experts Alan Higham from Pensions Champion, and Michelle Cracknell, the Chief Executive of The Pension Advisory Service to discuss pension scams, what to look out for, where to go if you think you are victim to a pension scams and how to make sure your pension scheme is above board.
Sarah Pennells is joined in the studio by pension experts from Yellowtail Financial Planning and AJ Bell and on the phone by Royal London to discuss pensions for self-employed people and business owners.