Untapped property wealth

4.8 million retirees are ‘going without’

The British would like to have three quarters of their working income in retirement. However, pensions remain an obscure topic for many, and 44% have not yet started to save for retirement [1].

Funding retirement
With people living longer and retiring on smaller pension pots, funding retirement poses a very real challenge for many. In fact, a third (32%) of retirees now live on less than the minimum wage[2], yet more than two thirds (68%) have untapped property wealth which they may not have even considered or don’t realise they could be accessing to fund a more comfortable lifestyle.
Two in five of those aged 65 and over (42%) – 4.8 million pensioners[3] – have ‘gone without’ due to tight budgets according to LV=. These pensioners sacrifice items such as holidays abroad (25%), a new car (16%) or dining out (15%), and one in twenty (5%) can’t afford to buy birthday and Christmas presents for friends and family. Regionally, retirees in the South West and East of England are most likely to go without, with those in Wales (5%) and Scotland (5%) most likely to find it a struggle to keep up with their utility payments.

‘Going without’
Of those retirees whose income is less than the equivalent of earning the minimum wage, the number ‘going without’ rises significantly to 54%. Furthermore, one in seven (15%) can’t afford to replace household goods, and over 150,000 are struggling with their utility bills[4].

It seems that a considerable number of retirees are ‘going without’ in order to stay within budget. However, for many, help could be closer to home than they realise. The research shows that five in six (83%) over-65s own their home and are sitting on an average of £235,750 in property equity[5], which they could access to have a happier and more comfortable retirement.ν

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