Pensions benefits you may have missed - £20billion in overlooked or unclaimed pensions

In the third of our blogs looking at benefits in a pension you may have missed, Technical Director John Dowding discusses the £20 billion in overlooked or unclaimed pensions.

It is quite common to refer our pension as if it is one single arrangement. Indeed, in yesteryear this was usually the case as it was not unusual for individuals to stay with their employer for most if not all of their working career.

However, many of us now have several jobs throughout our working lives and undoubtedly accumulate several different pension pots along the way. And it is therefore quite easy to forget about some of them altogether, particularly when retirement is still some way off.

Forgetting pensions is much more commonplace that you might think. In fact, it is estimated that a massive £20billion worth of pensions are overlooked or unclaimed in the UK. And most of those remain either uninvested or are invested poorly. This potentially represents a huge shortfall for millions of people when they come to retirement.

Thankfully finding your pension is easy. All you need to do is use the Government’s very useful pension tracing service. All you need to do is simply provide the name of your old company or pension provider and the tracing service will do the rest.

Of course, finding your pension is only the first step. The next step is to consider how is it is performing. If you find that the investments haven’t performed well, there may still be time to turn things around especially if you’re some way off retirement. It is essential as this point to involve your financial adviser so they can undertake a review of the investments.

So make sure to make use of the free tracing service. You never know – your pension could be worth a tidy sum.

The Government’s pension tracing service


This information reflects the regulatory and taxation situation as it affects pensions at the time of publication in April 2017 and is provided to the best of our knowledge. It is not a complete representation of the pensions legislator landscape and is for guidance and information purposes only. We cannot be held responsible for any errors, omissions or subsequent legislative changes.