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Railways Pension Schemes Trustees appoints Legal & General to provide a flexible retirement solution to members

Railways Pension Trustee Company Limited, the Trustee of the Railways Pension Schemes (the Trustee), with the support of its administrator, RPMI Limited (RPMI), has appointed Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM) to provide members of the railways pension schemes access to a drawdown arrangement within the Legal & General WorkSave Mastertrust.

17 Jun 2021

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For the first time, the railways pension schemes will offer its defined contribution members access to a flexible retirement solution. Defined benefit members who want to use their additional voluntary contribution benefits more flexibly will also be able to use the arrangement.

The Legal & General WorkSave Mastertrust will provide members with access to a competitive, bundled drawdown arrangement, underpinned by the flagship Retirement Income Multi Asset Fund.

The new arrangement launched on 30 April 2021, and is underpinned by new online guidance content to help members understand their options.

Chris Hannon, Chair of the Trustee Board: "We know that more members are exercising pensions freedoms than ever before, and an increasing number are using drawdown arrangements. Historically, members would have been exposed to the open market where finding the right product can be difficult, and charging structures may be penal. We are delighted to offer members a retirement option which is both competitively priced and allows them to benefit from the scale and expertise of Legal and General, which is one of the most proven and trusted providers in the market."
Stuart Murphy, Co-head of Defined Contribution at LGIM: "We are pleased to help Railways Pension Scheme members access their retirement savings flexibly and give them the reassurance factor as they start to access the savings they’ve built up over their working lives."

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Established in 1836, Legal & General is one of the UK’s leading financial services groups and a major global investor, with international businesses in the US, Europe, Middle East and Asia. With almost £1.3 trillion in total assets under management*, we are the UK’s largest investment manager for corporate pension schemes and a UK market leader in pension risk transfer, alternative asset origination, life insurance, workplace pensions and retirement income. Through inclusive capitalism, we aim to build a better society by investing in long-term assets that benefit everyone.

* at 30 June 2021

Legal & General Retirement Institutional (LGRI) works with trustees and sponsoring companies of defined benefit (DB) pension schemes of all sizes to settle their pension obligations and secure scheme members’ benefits, through a full range of buy-ins, buyouts and other de-risking solutions.

Our UK Retirement annuity book stands at over £85 billion as at 30 June 2021, of which over £25 billion is invested in direct investments that deliver positive social and environmental impacts, such as clean energy and affordable housing.

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(As of June 2021)