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Nearly half of women have no pension savings

Major regional differences in pension planning


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47% of women who are not retired (8.7 million) in Great Britain have no pension savings, according to new research from Baring Asset Management (Barings).

The proportion of women without a pension fund is increasing year-on-year. The corresponding figures in 2009 and 2008 for women who have yet to retire were 40% and 39% respectively.

One in five aged 55 to 64 has no pension fund

The most worrying research finding is that more than one in five (22%) non-retired adults aged 55 to 64 do not have a pension fund at all. Four out of 10 people aged 25 to 34 don’t have a pension plan, while the figure for those aged 35 to 44 is one in three (32%).

Baring’s research also indicates that there are over one million people aged 65 or over who have not yet retired, but it warns that this number could increase dramatically as a result of so many people not having pension plans.

Unsurprisingly given these figures, 12% of non-retired people plan to use their property as their pension. The corresponding figure in 2009 was 8%.

North West is least-prepared region, Wales is the best

On a regional basis, Barings’ research reveals that 47% of people in the North West are without a pension plan – the highest percentage for any part of the country. The corresponding figure for Wales is 27%, the lowest for Britain.

Percentage of people yet to retire who don’t have a pension plan:

  • North West 47%
  • Eastern 44%
  • London 44%
  • East Midlands 41%
  • South East 36%
  • West Midlands 35%
  • Scotland 35%
  • North East 34%
  • Yorkshire and Humberside 31%
  • South West 30%
  • Wales 27%

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If you want to save for later life but don’t know where to start, read the Which? guide Planning your retirement. This handy guide includes a retirement countdown, showing the steps you need to be taking at each lifestage to ensure a comfortable retirement, as well as details of the state pension, alternatives to pension funds and useful contacts.

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