Approaching retirement? Not sure what to do?

Following pension reforms on April 6, people approaching retirement have greater freedom over how they can use their pension pots. People can take a lump sum, take out an annuity or a mixture of both. Pension Wise is a new Government service designed to help people make sense of their pension options, and empower them to make the right choices for them.

Individual face to face Pension Wise guidance appointments are now available to book, for those aged 50 or over. The guidance will help you understand your options to access your (defined contribution) pension pots after age 55.

To book your guidance appointment locally call into any South Lakes CAB outlet or ring us on 015394 46464 or contact the centralised booking number on 01900 68981.

You can also find information on Pension Wise at www.pensionwise.gov.uk

Free, confidential advice and help is available from South Lakes Citizens Advice Bureau on any aspect of debt, consumer problems, benefits, housing, employment and any other problems. We have various outlets across South Lakeland and can also give advice over the phone – telephone 015394 46464 for an appointment and help.

Rewarding, challenging and interesting….

… were the top 3 words used by people to describe their volunteering experiences. Whilst 2 in 3 volunteers said volunteering reduces stress and 1 in 2 said their physical and mental health had improved. If that’s not enough here’s 10 other reasons to consider volunteering:

1 Make a difference to people’s lives

2 Help your local community

3 Try something new

4 Use your experience in a productive way

5 Develop new talents and skills

6 Challenge yourself

7 Increase your confidence

8 Inspire others to help people

9 Keep active

10 Get out of the house

South Lakes Citizen Advice is currently seeking volunteers. So if you can spare one day a week and would like to help local people, why not volunteer?  We have a range of roles and offer free training. Travel expenses will be paid.

For further information please call 015394 46464 or email

support@southlakes.cabnet.org.uk. We look forward to hearing from you!

Free, confidential advice and help is available from South Lakes Citizens Advice Bureau on any aspect of debt, consumer problems, benefits, housing, employment and any other problems. We have various outlets across South Lakeland and can also give advice over the phone – telephone 015394 46464 for an appointment and help.