Citizens Advice is delivering Pension Wise appointments at their Hemel Hempstead and Berkhamsted offices giving people access to free and impartial pension guidance in their local area.
Following pension reforms on April 6, people approaching retirement have greater freedom over how they can use their pension pots. People will be able to take a lump sum, take out an annuity or a mixture of both. Pension Wise is a new Government service designed to help people make sense of their pension options, and empower them to make the right choices for them.
Free face to face Pension Wise appointments are available to book now at both Hemel Hempstead and Berkhamsted. The 45 minute appointments will be tailored to the individual, taking into account the value of their pension and their plans for retirement.
A Pension Wise appointment may help you if:
• You are approaching retirement or are 55 or over
• Have a defined contribution pension
• Are thinking of accessing your pension in the next six months
Guidance appointments are also available on the telephone, delivered by the Pensions Advisory Service. People can also get information and general guidance online at www.pensionwise.gov.uk.
Victoria MacGregor, Chief Executive of Dacorum Citizens Advice said:
“Citizens Advice will be delivering Pension Wise appointments from our offices in Hemel Hempstead and Berkhamsted giving easy access to Pension Wise.’’
“Pensions can be a confusing topic and Pension Wise appointments will help people to make sense of their pensions choices. Our Bureau already helps people with retirement issues and we’ll continue to offer this service outside of Pension Wise.”
To book a telephone or face to face appointment, call 0300 330 1001.