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News Archive - February 2017

State pension top-up

It is currently possible for some pensioners to buy additional state pension income for the rest of their lives in exchange for a lump sum. This must be applied for before 5 April 2017.

In order to qualify for this you must have been born before 6/4/1951 for men or 6/4/1953 for women, and have a state pension age that was prior to 6/4/2016.

You can buy up to an extra £25 per week of state pension income. The cost of this depends on your age. State pension income is taxable.

More details are at the website www.gov.uk/statepensiontopup.There is an online calculator showing you how much it would cost for you.

Everybody's circumstances are different. I guess this would be more appealing for married couples, in good health, who are non-taxpayers or basic rate taxpayers and have spare capital that they don't mind exchanging for an income for life. For single people, those in poor health, higher rate taxpayers or those with limited accessible capital the deal is less attractive.

Contact Mulberry Financial if you need help with a financial decision.

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