Stretching retirement income across generations
A study by St. James's Place into intergenerational wealth and retirement planning has revealed that the number of families with multiple generations in retirement at the same time will exceed one million in the next 20 years, meaning people may need to start reassessing how they plan for the later stages of life.
The study, which analysed ONS data1 and included research among 4,000 adults in the UK2, forecasts there will be 1.2 million families containing more than one retired generation by 2039, rising from 624,000 families today. As the table below shows, it is anticipated that today’s number will grow by 13% to 704,000 in the next five years, with growth becoming steadily more dramatic as time goes on.
While, for many, retirement may still seem a long way off, the research reveals that people are already thinking about what the future may bring. A quarter (24%) of future retirees expect to provide financial support in retirement to someone other than their current partner, such as children, grandchildren, a former partner or a partner’s children. This compares with 7% of current retirees who already do so, and highlights how retirement income will increasingly need to stretch across generations within often complex family structures.
The most common way those not retired at the moment anticipate providing financial support to other generations when they retire is everyday living costs (17%), followed by school or university fees (14%) and childcare (12%). Over a fifth (22%) feel either pressurised or worried by providing or the prospect of providing financial help to other generations.
1 Estimating the number of families with multiple retired generations relies on looking at the age of children of the eldest age groups and projecting how changing demographics will impact these figures. We know approximately how many older age groups have a child aged 65 and above currently, and we have applied those percentages to the ONS projections of increased numbers of adults aged 80-89 and 90+, to ascertain future numbers of families with more than one generation in retirement.
2 Opinium Research carried out an online survey of 4,000 UK adults aged 18+ from 18 to 24 April 2019. Results have been weighted to representative criteria.
Protection for the whole family
Intergenerational insurance policies offer much in terms of delivering the reassurance that everyone in the family is, or can be covered.
Family Healthcare Plan
In conjunction with WPA, St. James's Place have developed a unique and exclusive, generation spanning, Family Healthcare Plan. The plan helps to protect your health and – if required – the health of your whole (extended) family. This can provide you with peace of mind for your children, grandchildren, parents and other loved ones.
Family Insurance Plan
The Family Insurance Plan, provided in conjunction with Gallagher, is, we believe, the UK’s first intergenerational general insurance policy designed to meet the needs of the entire family. Offering comprehensive cover designed to cover the majority, if not all, of your general insurance requirements, please get in touch if you would like to find out how this innovative product may be appropriate for your family.
Helping loved ones onto the property ladder
The difficulties facing younger people in joining the ranks of homeownership are well-reported, with renting often now stretching well into one’s thirties or beyond. Consequently, an increasing number of parents and grandparents are stepping in to help children onto the housing ladder.
There are a number of ways to do this; gifting, loans and providing security to mortgage providers are all worth consideration, and many of these solutions have the dual-advantage of helping with effective estate planning. However, caution - and advice - needs to be taken when considering which option to take to ensure that no unexpected tax liabilities result from this act of generosity.
The home on which the mortgage is secured may be repossessed if payments are not kept up to date.
The levels and bases of taxation, and reliefs from taxation, can change at any time. The value of any tax relief depends on individual circumstances.