The cut in the Bank of England base rate to 0.25% in August reminds us that it is becoming ever more difficult to generate a meaningful income from cash deposits. 

The option for those already receiving the State Pension to buy up to an extra £25 per week remains available until 6th April 2017. To be eligible you must be entitled to State Pension and be:

  • a man born before 6 April 1951
  • a woman born before 6 April 1953

As an example for a woman aged 68, the additional £25 per week for life (£1,300 per year) would cost £20,675 – equivalent to an investment return of 6.28% p/a:

  • The pension is inflation-linked and is fully inheritable by a surviving spouse
  • Like an annuity, the pension is of course taxable and there is no more access to the capital

Putting aside cynicism about future Government policy and the point that having done their best to abolish the annuity market by introducing pension reforms last year, the Government has arguably gone into the annuity business themselves, this may be worth considering for those who:

  • Have a need for income
  • Do not want to take investment risk
  • Have surplus capital on deposit earning virtually no interest
  • And who reasonably expects to live a long time!

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The information above is based on our current understanding of HM Revenue & Customs guidance. Tax relief is dependent on your own particular circumstances and subject to change. It is recommended that you seek professional advice before making any financial decisions.