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Making contributions

Each time you save into your plan, you'll receive extra contributions from your employer and the government. Employer contributions depend on your age and earnings. Contributions from the government are also referred to as 'tax relief' - they depend on your individual circumstances and may change in the future.

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You'll receive extra contributions into your plan

Let's look at an example for someone who pays basic rate tax and has been automatically enrolled based on their age and earnings.

  • You decide to contribute £100 each month.
  • Because of tax relief, you only have to contribute £80.
  • The government will contribute the other £20.
  • Your employer agrees to match your contribution so your £80 quickly becomes £200.

Tax relief depends on individual circumstances and may change in the future.

Boost your retirement savings

You can make single contributions into your plan at any time. So if you find yourself with spare cash, you could add it into your plan.

You could have all your retirement savings in one place

You can transfer retirement savings from other pension plans. This could make it easier for you to keep track of them.

Transfer payments don't receive tax relief. Transferring may not be in your best interests as you could lose valuable benefits which can't be replaced. You should speak to a financial adviser before you make a decision.

Stay on track for the retirement you want

You should review your plan and contributions regularly to make sure you stay on track for the retirement you want. If you can afford it, you might want to think about increasing your contributions.

Changing your contributions

You should speak to your employer before making any changes to your regular contributions. They'll tell you what changes you can make and when you can make them.

Know your limits

The government has set limits to do with pension contributions and taking your retirement savings.

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