Two thirds of homeowners want to downsize at retirement, says NOW: Pensions

For immediate release: 7 February 2017

Commenting on today’s Housing White Paper: Morten Nilsson CEO, NOW: Pensions said:

“Over the next ten years, we estimate that 7.7million* people will retire. Our recent research** revealed that downsizing their property is the preferred route for two thirds (63%) of non-retired UK homeowners to release their property wealth.  Two in five (39%) agree that it’s important to have the option to access their housing wealth.

“To be able to downsize, there needs to be enough suitable homes by the time they retire, of the types of homes that retired people want to live in. It is encouraging to see the Communities’ Secretary and Prime Minister tackling this issue head on.

However, people cannot be led to believe that they can rely solely on their home to provide their retirement income, so at the same time the Government needs to ensure that people are saving enough into their workplace pension if they are to enjoy a decent standard of living in retirement.”

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 Notes to editors

*NOW: Pensions calculation based on ONS Population Data

**Research conducted by Opinium online between 13 December 2016 and 16 December 2016 with 2,000 UK   respondents aged 18 and over


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Cheriton Lee

NOW: Pensions

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Lauren Roberts

NOW: Pensions

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NOW: Pensions is one of the UK’s largest workplace pension providers with over a million members and tens of thousands of employers from a wide range of sectors. A subsidiary of one of Europe’s largest pension funds, Danish pension scheme ATP, NOW: Pensions entered the UK market in 2011 with a simple and cost effective workplace pension designed specifically with the auto enrolment market in mind.

NOW: Pensions was one of the first providers to achieve independent assurance of scheme quality in accordance with the master trust assurance framework (AAF02/07) introduced by The Pensions Regulator in conjunction with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).

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