George Osborne to give pensioners more freedom to choose.

George Osborne gave a hint of what can be expected in this weeks budget on the Andrew Marr show yesterday , he is looking to extend the number of pensioners benefiting from the relaxed pension rules announced earlier this year, from April 6 this year people will be able to cash in their pension savings when they retire rather than purchase an annuity,  the Chancellor is expected to extend those same freedoms to the five million pensioners who already have annuities from April 2016, these planned annuity reforms will be worth more than £10billion.

The Chancellor went on to say “By changing the law we are trusting people who have worked hard and saved hard all their lives, annuities have been the focus of growing controversy in recent years amid plunging rates, and fears that many people are unaware that they could possibly get a better deal by shopping around rather than sticking with their existing pension provider.

Removing the restrictions on buying and selling existing annuities will allow pensioners to sell the income they receive from their policy without unwinding the original contract they will be free to either take the cash as a lump sum or place it into drawdown to use the proceeds more gradually”.

George Osborne gives the last budget of this parliament this wednesday, if the expected  pension annuity changes are realized we should see a new wave of Buy-to-Let  clients entering the property market, these clients will be pensioners looking to secure their future income by owning property and letting it out.

Allen Walkey

Highly experienced businessman with a successful career in property sales and investment both in the UK and abroad. Now a freelance writer and blogger for the property and Investment Industry, keeping readers up-to-date with changes and events in a rapidly changing world.

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