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Pension freedom statistics: £21.69 BN from April 2015

HMRC have released figures that show pension savers have cashed in £21.69 billion from their pension pots since pension freedoms were introduced in April 2015.

Over 4.86 million taxable payments have been made using pension freedoms, with 258,000 people accessing nearly £2 billion flexibly from their pension pots over the last 3 months, according to published HMRC figures

Year and Quarter    Number of payments (1)    Number of individuals (1)    Total value of payments (2,3)
2015 Q2 121,000 84,000 £1,560 m
2015 Q3 130,000 81,000 £1,170 m
2015 Q4 123,000 67,000 £800 m
2016 Q1 142,000 74,000 £820 m
2016 Q2 296,000 159,000 £1,770 m
2016 Q3 324,000 158,000 £1,540 m
2016 Q4 393,000 162,000 £1,560 m
2017 Q1 381,000 176,000 £1,590 m
2017 Q2 403,000 200,000 £1,860 m
2017 Q3 435,000 198,000 £1,590 m
2017 Q4 454,000 198,000 £1,504 m
2018 Q1 500,000 222,000 £1,697 m
2018 Q2 574,000 264,000 £2,270 m
2018 Q3 585,000 258,000 £1,960 m

 

Total: 2015 Q2 - 2016 Q1 (4,5)    516,000 232,000   £4,350 m
Total: 2016 Q2 - 2017 Q1 (4,5) 1,393,000    393,000 £6,450 m
Total: 2017 Q2 - 2018 Q1 (4,5) 1,791,000 375,000 £6,650 m
Total: 2018 Q2 - 2018 Q3 (4,5)  1,159,000 363,000 £4,230 m

 

Notes to the table

i) The numbers published for 2015-16 are not comprehensive as to manage the burden on industry reporting was optional for 2015-16 but compulsory from April 2016. The increase in reported payments seen in 2016 Q2 is expected to partly result from this.

ii) The data underpinning these figures comes from Real Time Information (RTI) reports submitted to HMRC.

Footnotes

1. Figures are rounded to the nearest 1,000.
2. Figures are rounded to the nearest £10 million.
3. Includes taxable payments only.
4. The number of individuals for the year totals are less than the sum of the number of individuals from each quarter as some have taken payments in multiple quarters.
5. Quarterly figures may not sum to total due to rounding.

Flexible payments from pensions chart

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