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As a UNISON Living endorsed provider, we have been providing financial advice to UNISON members since 2007. We can guide you through those times in life when you need to address financial issues – be it looking to buy a property, starting a family, saving for your future or planning for retirement we are here to help. Importantly, we can help you understand how changes in the workplace, amendments to public sector pension schemes and reviews to working practices may affect you. After all, in the current economic climate it makes sense to have your finances in order.

Complimentary Consultation

Receive a no obligation initial consultation

As a member of UNISON you are entitled to a complimentary, no obligation initial consultation from Lighthouse Group Financial Solutions, UNISON Living’s endorsed provider of financial advice. One of our qualified advisers will ask you about your circumstances and objectives to establish whether you could benefit from advice. Whatever your stage in life, whatever your priorities and lifestyle, we can help you make the most of your money.

Our advisers, backed by the extensive knowledge and experience of Lighthouse Group, one of the best-respected financial advice companies in the UK, are able to provide you with advice on all areas of financial planning, including:

  • Assurance and protection: so you and your family don’t suffer financially should the worst happen
  • Pensions and retirement: taking advantage of the options available to you to enjoy a comfortable retirement
  • Savings and investments: putting your spare cash to good use to build and conserve wealth tax-efficiently
  • Mortgages: many people pay more than they need to. Are you one of them?

Make the most of your pension & achieve a higher level of income with our Annuity Service

As you would expect from UNISON Living’s endorsed provider of financial advice, we understand how pension schemes work, including public sector pension schemes, and can explain what provision you already have and how you could supplement this.

  • Will your pension scheme provide you with adequate income in retirement?
  • Have you considered other tax-efficient ways of boosting your income in retirement?
  • Do you have old pension funds, such as AVCs, FSAVCs or private pensions? If so, are they on track to provide the pension you expect?
  • Can you afford to retire early? What impact would this have on your pension in later life?
  • Should you take a tax-free lump sum?
  • Do you need fixed or variable income in retirement?

Get an estimate of your pension:
Local Government Pension Scheme
NHS Pensions

If you are in Scotland you can get an estimate of your pension here.

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Would you benefit from attending a seminar on financial issues such as:

  • planning for retirement
  • planning for redundancy
  • income and wealth preservation
  • savings and investments?

As a UNISON Living endorsed provider, we regularly run financial planning seminars for UNISON members in their workplace. Alternatively, you may prefer to hold a surgery, where members book 30-minute, individual, confidential consultations with one of our experienced financial advisers.

Is your job at risk? Act now to secure your financial future. What action can you take to secure your financial position if your job is at risk, or you are considering accepting a voluntary severance?

Here are some of the things you should consider:

  • Work out how much you spend a month. Remember to include your mortgage repayments, insurance, council tax and other bills. Make sure you include any direct debits and standing orders. What is the shortfall between your total expenditure and any income you may receive when you are out of work? Can you reduce your outgoings?
  • Do you have mortgage payment protection insurance? If so can you claim on it? Should you ask to reduce your monthly repayments or ask for a repayment holiday? You should tell your mortgage lender about your situation, as they are likely to be more flexible if you do need to reduce your repayments.
  • Do you have any other loans? If so, what can you do to reduce them or pay them off?
  • Have you (or will you) receive a lump sum payment as part of your voluntary severance package? If so, how can you make the most of it? What should your priorities be?
  • Should you invest part or all of the lump sum?
  • Will you be able to claim benefits? Any savings, including your lump sum payment, could affect how much you receive.
  • Is early retirement an option? However, you need to make sure that you will have enough retirement income to live on comfortably, now and in the future.
  • Have you lost valuable benefits such as life assurance or private medical cover? If you have, you may want to consider replacing them. Do you want this if you are trying to reduce costs?
  • You should review any savings and investments you already have to see whether they could produce much-needed income or simply to make sure they are invested in line with your needs and attitude to risk.
  • How can you generate more income? Could you rent out a room in your home? Any rental income could be tax-free.
  • What about your pension arrangements. Contributions from your previous employer will cease and you will probably want to stop any additional contributions you usually make, at least until you get another job.

MONEYTALK

Download the personal finance newsletter for members and staff published by Lighthouse Group Financial Solutions.

Important Information: The value of your investments can go down as well as up, so you could get less than you invested. The value of your income from your investment can go down as well as up. Tax advice which contains no investment element is not regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. A pension is a long term investment. The fund value may fluctuate and go down. Your eventual income may depend upon the size of the fund at retirement, future interest rates and tax legislation.

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The tax-exempt savings plan for members of Unison

Would you like to enjoy an additional tax-break while you build up a lump sum? Unison Suresave is a tax-exempt savings plan for adults and children. Tax-free means free of tax in the hands of the investor so an element of tax may be paid within the fund. Tax treatments depend on your individual circumstances and may change in the future.

  • Save £25 a month for yourself.
  • Choose how much you want to save each month for your child or grandchild, from £15 to £25 when you apply online.
  • Decide how long you want to save for –
    between 10 and 25 years.
  • On maturity you are guaranteed to get back at least the amount you have paid in, so long as you have paid all your monthly contributions for the full duration of the plan.
  • The potential for bonuses annually and in the final year. The addition of any bonuses is not guaranteed.

Who are Lighthouse?

Lighthouse provides financial advice to personal and corporate clients through specialist advisers located throughout the UK.

View more about Lighthouse

About to Retire?

Provided in partnership with TOMAS, our annuity service can help you get a higher level of income.

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