A pensions advice service has launched a helpline specially for women.
The Pensions Advisory Service (TPAS) has set up an advice line to help women understand how they are affected by pension legislation, and to tell them about any action they might need to take.
TPAS will offer the service – offered through an 0845 number – throughout February and March.
The helpline is aimed at women of all ages and in different circumstances, from those just starting out in employment or taking a career break to bring up a family, to women in mid-career, or those approaching retirement.
TPAS, an independent body supported by the government, first ran the helpline three years ago, when 8,000 women rang in and staff sent out more than 60,000 copies of a booklet about women’s pension rights and options.
There’s also advice on the TPAS site, from where you can download a booklet called Women and Pensions.
Which? money expert Teresa Fritz said: ‘Many women are disadvantaged when it comes to pensions, and need special advice.
‘Women coming up to retirement who may have built up little or no state pension particularly need help, and TPAS is one of the few places they can get free specialist help on this complex subject.’
The helpline number is 0845 600 0806. Lines are open between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.
Which? has published a guide on pensions, the Pension Handbook, which is available online and from all good bookshops.