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Flexible Retirement

From age 55, if you reduce your hours or move to a less senior position, and provided you have met the two year qualifying period in the Scheme and your employer agrees, you can draw some or all of the pension benefits you have built up – helping you ease into retirement.

As you will still be working for a Scheme employer, you will continue paying into the Scheme and building up further pension until you fully retire, unless you choose to opt out.

Your employer must have a policy on flexible retirement and you should contact them directly if you wish to look into this option.

Do I have to withdraw all my pension benefits when I take flexible retirement? 

If your employer agrees to flexible retirement then you would have to draw:

  • All of the benefits that you built up before 1 April 2009, plus
  • All, some or none of the benefits that you built up between 1 April 2009 and 31 March 2015, plus
  • All, some or none of the benefits that you have built up after 1 April 2015.