Pensioners increasingly exposed to higher costs as a result of interest rate hike

Published  02 February 2023
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Commenting on the Bank of England’s decision to increase interest rates from 3.5% to 4%, Clare Moffat, pension expert at Royal London, says:

"With inflation remaining stubbornly elevated, today’s additional base rate rise doesn’t come as a surprise, but it will be unwelcome news for borrowers of all ages. An increase in interest rates heaps further pain on variable rate mortgage holders, those coming off a fixed rate deal who will see a big jump in costs, and many renters will also see increases passed on.

"Traditionally an interest rate hike would be welcomed by retirees keen to earn more interest on their savings. However, increasingly pensioners in the UK have to take into account the cost of housing from their retirement income, something along with high inflation that diminishes the value of their pension income.

"The impact of rising interest rates on personal finances is an issue that’s keeping retirees awake at night, with a fifth of retirees (19%) admitting they’re worried about housing costs according to Royal London’s ‘cost of living’ research*."

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*Royal London commissioned a survey by Opinium between 26 August and 1 September 2022, with a sample of 4,000 nationally representative UK adults.

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Royal London is the largest mutual life, pensions and investment company in the UK, with assets under management of £147 billion, 8.7 million policies in force and 4,232 employees. Figures quoted are as at 31 December 2022. 

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