Retirement: Pensioners fail to claim state benefits

New research has shown that many pensioners are losing out by not claiming benefits to which they are entitled. The figures from Annuity provider, Just Retirement, show that around 2.5 million pensioners are failing to claim benefits such as winter fuel payments, free bus passes, and council tax credits often because they are not aware that they qualify. Just Retirement believe that 20% of all pensioners are failing to claim any state benefits whatsoever and are therefore losing as much as £872 each year....

How to avoid falling into the Interest Only mortgage trap when you retire

No surprise as interest rates on hold for another month_istockNew research, from the Independent on Sunday newspaper, has found that more than a quarter of a million people with Interest Only mortgages could retire by the end of this decade whilst still having the debt outstanding. Popularity of Interest Only mortgages Interest Only mortgages were very popular in the 80’s and 90’s when they were often set up with Endowments or ISAs (Individual Savings Accounts) as repayment vehicles. However, ...