You shouldn't, however, combine a pension pot that includes a guaranteed annuity rate (GAR) with other pots, if the offered annuity rate (GAR) is attractive.
The guaranteed annuity rate could be lost if you combine pots. It’s likely to be cheaper to take income drawdown from a single, larger pot than several smaller pots.
Today, few of us stay in the same job from leaving school to when we retire.
The result is that many people have lots of different pension pots.
Consolidating your pensions means that you only need to keep an eye on one pension, and you don’t have to deal with stacks of paperwork from several different providers.
We’ll go through some of the possible benefits, and also mention some things to bear in mind.
Although we hope this information is useful, we can’t tell you whether or not you should consolidate your pensions: it’s up to you to decide if this is the right decision for you, based on your individual circumstances.
It will also be easier for you to manage if payments are from a single source.
Some providers may have minimum policy sizes, so when you decide to start drawing retirement benefits, you may find that some pots aren’t big enough for income drawdown so you may be able to access income drawdown if you combine your pots.
Consolidating your pension The obvious solution is to move multiple pensions into a single pot.