The Pensions Review

Public knowledge of pensions

The Institute for Fiscal Studies and abrdn Financial Fairness Trust

August 2023

The report finds over a quarter of people do not expect to stop working before 70: 15% of people expect to retire at age 70 onwards and 13% do not ever expect to retire. One in three believe they will have a bad level of income in retirement and the majority think they will be worse off than their parents.

On the state pension:

  • 73% think the state pension does not provide enough to attain a decent standard of living in retirement. This varies by age group:
    • 78% in the 50-64 age group
    • 70% in the 50-64 age group
  • 58% of people don’t know what the state pension pays. This is broken down as follows:
    • 46% in the 50-64 age group
    • 65% in the 25-49 age group

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