Everybody who watches the news will have noticed that the amount of unions and industries that are striking over changes to pension plans has increased in the last couple of years, particularly in the wake of the recession. People who thought they would have enough money to live comfortably after they retire are now finding themselves faced with another situation entirely; the idea that they may not have enough money to live on when they are an old aged pensioner. This thought is terrifying and is the reason why so many unions go on strike, like the staff of East Midlands Trains. People who were relying on their employment pension plan have every right to be angry about proposed changes that will make them worse off. However, people who have an individual pension plan may not need to worry at all.
An individual pension plan is where a person pays a lump sum each month to a pension plan provider. The provider invests the money on their behalf and when it is time for the payee to retire, they will have enough money to survive on. The payee can decide how much they want to pay into their pension account each month in relation to how much they earn. Although people do not start planning retirement as soon as they have a full-time job, many people decide to set up an individual pension plan as soon as they start work to make sure that there is enough money in their pension account to live comfortably on.
Retirement pension plans are important because some people may live for 25-30 years after they retire and they may not be able to get another job, especially not a full time job. Some people will have worked for forty to fifty years and may not want to work again, instead spending time enjoying the money they have worked hard for, or spending time with their children and grandchildren.
Pensions are not something people should have to worry about, but during this economic crisis people are starting to worry. It is never too late to set up an individual pension plan and, if you work in an industry that has been severely affected by the recession, it may be a good idea to talk to a pension plan provider to discuss what options are open to you and how much money you could save before you retire.