Fixed income (annuity)

A fixed income that’s guaranteed for the rest of your life - this is known as an annuity.

You'll be supported by our customer service team. We'll take you through the transition from having a pension pot to receiving an income - smoothly and easily.

You can buy an annuity with the money you have saved in your pension.

You'll normally also have the option to receive a tax-free lump sum of up to 25% of your pension pot.

Features

  • A guaranteed income to suit you

    You can build in options to help you find a retirement solution that’s right for you. Choosing more options will reduce your income.

Here are some of the options:

  • Provide for your spouse

    You can guarantee your spouse an income if you die before them.
  • An income that competes with rises in the cost of living

    Your income will increase each year by a fixed percentage. This can be up to 8.5% a year normally. We also offer annuities which move in line with the Retail Price Index.
  • Guaranteed payments for a set period of time

    If you die within that time, payments will continue to the end of the guarantee period. You can normally choose a guarantee period of up to 10 years.

Remember, building in more options will reduce your income.

To apply call  0845 279 8897

Call charges will vary.

Other things you can do:

  • Buy an Enhanced Annuity

    If you smoke or have health problems that might affect your life expectancy you may be eligible for extra income. Call us on 0845 606 0027 to find out if you qualify for extra retirement income.
  • Shop around

    You have options so make sure you make the right choice for you. Remember that you can buy your annuity from any insurance company. This could improve your retirement income. Remember, once you buy an annuity you’ll have 30 days to cancel. After that, you cannot change your mind.
    • Not an existing customer?

      You can buy your annuity from us, even if you have a pension plan elsewhere. You also have the choice to take your tax-free lump sum  from the existing provider and use the remainder of your pension pot to buy an annuity from us. Or you can set up a pension with us and then buy an annuity.

You can choose a Standard Life annuity if:

  • any tax-free lump sum you want to take has already been paid to you
  • the money being used is from a registered pension scheme
  • the rules of your pension plan allow this kind of purchase
  • you’re over 55. There are exceptions that allow some pensions to be paid before age 55.

If your pension is already invested with us, there are no minimum or maximum limits on the pension pot value. If your pension plan is with another provider, the minimum amount is £5,000 and the maximum is £500,000.

Pension pot value more than £30,000?

Our Self Invested Personal Pension could offer you more flexible income options.

Can you wait for greater pension flexibility?

From April 2015, if you’re at retirement age, you’ll have much more choice when it comes to taking your retirement income.

Our range of retirement guides can help you understand your options so you can make the choice that’s right for you.

Income tax

The income you receive will be taxed under the Pay as You Earn (PAYE) system.

You can find out more on the HM Revenue & Customs website.

Laws and tax rules may change in the future. The information here is based on our understanding in October 2014. Your personal circumstances also have an impact on tax treatment.