23% have lower or halted pension contributions

Main new client analysis by the Monetary Companies Compensation Scheme (FSCS) has revealed that 23% of individuals have both lower or halted pension contributions prior to now months as they battle to deal with the price of residing disaster.

The FSCS survey of 4,000 customers additionally discovered that many are making extra dangerous funding choices to attempt to sustain with inflation.

Key findings from the report additionally reveal:

  • Within the subsequent six months, 17% of these eligible are more likely to transfer cash out of their pension to cowl day-to-day prices, whereas 12% are doubtless to take action to speculate it elsewhere
  • Some 29% of these eligible to attract on their pensions are transferring cash out to cowl day-to-day bills and an extra 17% are opting to speculate this cash elsewhere
  • 6% of these with a pension who haven’t made any modifications to their contributions over the previous few months anticipate to both lower the % they contribute or cease contributing to their pension completely within the subsequent six months

The FSCS surveyed adults between September 2022 and February 2023 to learn how the price of residing disaster was affecting them and their resolution making.

The survey discovered that pensions are being affected considerably by altering client behaviour with 23% of these with a pension lowering or stopping pension contributions prior to now few months.

The FSCS says its new report highlights the significance of elevating consciousness and understanding of how pensions and investments are protected to stop future hurt.


The FSCS determined to conduct a research as inflation soared to a 40 yr excessive and rates of interest spiked amid indicators that client’s brief and longer-term monetary choices are being impacted.

Lila Pleban, chief communications officer of the FSCS stated pensions and funding claims are the most typical claims the FSCS receives and they’re “advanced and dear” to resolve.

Ms Pleban stated: “Understanding what customers are doing immediately in response to present financial circumstances will help us predict what might land at our door sooner or later, supporting us to search out efficient options that may defend customers and stop monetary hurt.

“When cash is tight, it is inevitable that alongside compromises and funds planning some persons are more likely to take extra dangers, which might plunge them additional into monetary difficulties.

“No matter customers select to do with their cash, it is necessary they perceive if and the way their investments are protected. Sharing information and insights throughout the trade will help customers make knowledgeable choices about their funds to allow them to really feel assured their cash is secure.”

The complete report is on the FSCS web site: FSCS Client Analysis: Influence of rising price of residing on funds and pensions.

• Figures come from FSCS model monitoring and client analysis survey, which is performed month-to-month by FSCS in partnership with The Nursery. Analysis was carried out by Dynata amongst 4,479 UK adults aged 18+, starting from 602 to 1,432 per thirty days, between September 2022 and February 2023.