A new report from insurance specialists British Seniors has revealed the biggest threats to the nation’s retirement plans – with Covid-19 right at the top.
In fact, more than three quarters (77%) of those aged over 50 believed it will directly impact their ability to retire.
Their “State of Retirement Report” reveals that nearly one in five (17%) of over 50s have needed to plunder their retirement savings early due to the financial impact of the pandemic, with more than a third (38%) believing they will consequently struggle financially in retirement.
The average delay to retirement as a result of Covid-19 was two and a half years.
Some 34% of the over 50s surveyed had less than £50,000 in pensions savings, with the same number (34%) also carrying some level of non-mortgage related debt.
So, those biggest threats to retirement among over 50s:
- Impact of coronavirus – 57%
- High living costs – 35%
- Not being able to save – 32%
- Lack of pension growth – 27%
- Poor savings rates – 25%
- High cost of care – 9%
- Lack of job security – 8%
- Needing to support family – 6%
- High property costs – 4%
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