Chancellor Jeremy Hunt presented his Autumn Statement on 22 November during which the government confirmed the second highest State Pension increase since it was introduced and nine documents were published relating to the pensions framework.

These included calls for evidence on a lifetime provider model to allow individuals to move towards having one pension pot for life and also on the creation of a ‘public consolidator’ for defined benefit schemes, to be run by the Pension Protection Fund.

Additional tax-related papers were issued about amending the relief at source arrangements, as previously proposed, and clarifying the impact of the abolition of the lifetime allowance from 6 April 2024.

State pensions and social security benefits The basic state pension, new state pension and pension credit standard minimum guarantee will be increased by 8.5% in April 2024, in line with May to July earnings growth under the triple lock provisions. All other UK-wide benefits will increase by 6.7% from April 2024.

If you would like to speak to us about a medium to long term strategy for your pension provision, please contact us to arrange a meeting in our office in central Teddington by calling Tim Norris on 020 8614 4780 or emailing him at Tim.Norris@fpgonline.co.uk

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