Transitional protections

A look at the various transitional protections that have been available with the introduction of the lifetime allowance back in 2006 (known as A-Day) and the subsequent protections that have followed with reductions to the lifetime allowance. (Fixed and Individual Protection 2016 is covered in a separate tech-bite).

Key Points

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Primary protection protects those individuals with benefits of £1.5m or more (pre A-Day protection).

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Enhanced protection protects those individuals with benefits up to their full value with no limit (pre A-Day protection).

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Fixed Protection 2012 protects those with benefits up to £1.8m.

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Fixed Protection 2014 protects those with benefits up to £1.5m.

Individual Protection 2014 protects individuals with benefits between £1.25m and £1.5m.


What protections have been available?

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Planning considerations

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INDIVIDUALS HAVE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO APPLY FOR VARIOUS PROTECTIONS, ORIGINALLY WITH THE INTRODUCTION OF THE PENSION SIMPLIFICATION REGIME (A-DAY) AND SUBSEQUENTLY WITH DECREASES IN THE LIFETIME ALLOWANCE IN 2012, 2014 AND 2016:

  • Various transitional protections have been available in the past which could have protected benefits at higher limits than the current lifetime allowance
  • Fixed and Individual Protection 2016 are still available although clients must have met the criteria as of 6 April 2016*

*Please see our tech-bite on Fixed and Individual Protection 2016

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