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Death benefits

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Worried about passing away before the end of the plan?

You can choose to buy one or more of our optional death benefits at the start of the plan in case you pass away before the end of the term. The options are below and you can choose different combinations of the three to best suit your needs.

If you're unsure which benefits would be best for you, please speak to an adviser.

Beneficiary's income

  • You can choose to provide your spouse, civil partner or chosen beneficiary with an income.
  • Your surviving beneficiary will receive an income equal to the chosen percentage of your income until either the end of the plan or until they pass away.
  • If your beneficiary survives until the end of the term, we'll pay out the chosen percentage of the maturity value.

Guarantee period

  • You can protect your income for a set period of time and if you pass away during this time, the remaining income will be paid as a lump sum.
  • This option isn't available if you've chosen value protection as you cannot include both.
  • If your plan also includes a beneficiary’s income benefit and, if your beneficiary is still alive when you pass away, your income will continue to be paid at the full amount until the end of the guaranteed period. If your beneficiary is still alive at the end of the guaranteed period, the beneficiary’s income will continue to be paid.
  • If your beneficiary passes away within the guaranteed period, the remaining income will be paid as a lump sum.
  • This option isn't available if you've chosen value protection as you cannot include both.

Value protection

  • You can protect up to 100% of your original investment if you pass away within the plan term.
  • The lump sum payable will be the initial amount used to purchase the Protected Retirement Plan (or you can choose to protect a proportion of this amount), less the total amount of income paid.
  • This option isn't available if you've already chosen a guarantee period. You can't choose to include both a Guarantee Period and Value Protection.

Plan protection

This option only applies to the trustee version.

The trustee can choose to protect some or all of the plan income and/or guaranteed maturity value, by including plan protection when they set up their Protected Retirement Plan. Plan protection means if the member dies during the plan term, any income will continue to be paid for the rest of the term plan, and any guaranteed maturity value will be paid to your self invested personal pension (SIPP) when the plan ends.

If the scheme trustees (for investment cases) or chosen beneficiary(s) do not want or are unable to continue with the plan, they can utilise the conversion option and end the plan immediately, thereby swapping the remaining income and/or guaranteed maturity value for a lump sum.

Taxation information

If you die before age 75, any lump sum will be paid tax free and if you die at age 75 or older, the beneficiary will pay income tax at their personal rate.

  • If we pay a beneficiary's pension to a named beneficiary who isn't a spouse or civil partner, they may be subject to inheritance tax liability.
  • Tax treatment depends on your personal circumstances. Any references to taxation are based on our understanding of current legislation and HM Revenue & Customs practice, which can change.

Have a commitment free chat with a Pension Specialist

Call us on 0800 032 9301

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Lines open: 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday. We may record and/or monitor calls for training and audit purposes.

Start your conversation with a pension specialist today by telling us about:

  • Your current pension pots
  • Any contributions you're making
  • How much you've already saved