Pension annuity

A retirement income you know you can count on

  • We’ll pay you a guaranteed life-long income, so however long your retirement lasts, you’ll always have money coming in
  • You could get a bigger income if you have health issues or lifestyle affecting your life expectancy when you buy
  • Your annuity income is completely protected by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme. Every single penny of it

What is a pension annuity?

Everyone has their own vision of retirement, with individual goals and dreams. An annuity can act as solid platform for your retirement, giving you a guaranteed income for the rest of your life.

With an annuity, it’s a bit like still having a salary – you’re paid regularly, and you’ll pay income tax on the money you receive. There are no hidden charges or unwanted surprises as we allow for all fees when we calculate your income.

Because it’s guaranteed, you can make plans for your retirement knowing that you have that platform – without worrying that your income could run out. 

Different annuity providers offer different rates and options. Shopping around can help you find the annuity best suited to your circumstances, or the one that will pay you the highest income. 

The benefits of a pension annuity

If you’re 55 or over, you can use some – or all - of the money in your pension plan to buy an annuity. That’s going up to 57 and over from 6 April 2028, unless you have a protected pension age.

  • Get paid your way

    We can often fix your income for the rest of your life, increase your payments at a fixed rate each year, or increase your payments in line with the Retail Price Index. It’s your call.

  • Take care of your people

    Take care of a partner, a child under 23, or someone who’s dependent on you because of their disabilities – we can pay up to 100% of your guaranteed income to them if you pass away.

  • Secure more than a life-long income

    You can set your income to be paid for a minimum of between 1 and 30 years from the start of your annuity, even if you pass away. We offer value protection as standard for 90 days from your plan start date. If you die within this period, it pays a lump sum if there are no annuity payments continuing to a dependant.

The different options you select will have an impact on the income you receive. Once your annuity has been set up, you can't make any changes to it or cash it in.

Up to 25% of your pension tax-free

You can take up to 25% of your pension in tax-free cash before you buy your annuity. If you’re with another provider, you’ll need at least £10,000 left in your pension after withdrawing and paying any adviser fees. If your pension is with Aviva, there’s no minimum. Taking tax free cash will result in a lower level of income.

No surprise fees or charges

We allow for all fees when we calculate your income – so there are no hidden charges or unwanted surprises. 


Depending on how long your retirement is, you may receive less in payments than the amount you paid for the annuity. 

Tax benefits are subject to change and depend on your individual circumstances.

Try our annuity calculator

Annuity Calculator

Get an idea of what your guaranteed life-long annuity income could be by having a whirl on our annuity calculator. It’s a piece of cake to use and only takes a couple of minutes – less than the time it takes to eat an actual piece of cake.

How we calculate your annuity income

Lots of things go into working out your annuity income, like the size of your pension, the benefits you want from your annuity, your age, and your health. It’s important that you’re as upfront and clear about your medical history as possible, and providing us with detailed information like medical letters or hospital reports can lead to a larger annuity income.

You can take a deep dive into how we crunch the numbers by checking out our annuity rates explainer. 

How annuity rates are calculated.

How to get started

  1. Chat with our experts
    If you’re a mainland UK resident between 55 (57 from 6 April 2028 unless you have a protected pension age) and 90, have a chat with one of our annuity experts. They’ll get the ball rolling by asking you some simple questions – like your age, height, and whether you have any medical conditions.
    My pension's with Aviva:

    0800 096 5106
    My pension's with a different provider:

    0800 051 4003

    Monday to Friday:                             9:00am - 5:00pm        
    Weekends and bank holidays:     Closed

  2. Get a quote
    Once you've had a chat with our annuity expert, they’ll use the info you’ve provided to work out exactly how much your guaranteed income will be. That’s what we’ll pay you, for the rest of your life. You can decide if it’s the right amount for you. If it fits your retirement goals, you can personalise and buy your annuity.

  3. Build your retirement on solid ground
    Once you've bought an annuity, you know you’ve got an income you can rely on for the rest of your life, however you plan to spend your retirement.
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Important documents

Before deciding whether to buy an annuity, make sure you’re up to speed with how it works and what options are available by reading our Key Features document and Shopping Around Guide.

Make the right choice for you

When choosing what path to take for your future, it can be useful to get some help reading the map. Our pension guidance could be just the thing to set you on course for your retirement goals. Or you could call in the experts and speak to an adviser from the Aviva Financial Advice Team. They can guide you on all your financial planning options. Any recommendations they make will be for products from Aviva and other carefully selected partners.

Check out our pension guidance

Get some financial advice

Pension Wise

If you’re 50 or over, you can get impartial and specialist advice on your retirement options using Pension Wise from MoneyHelper. It’s backed by the government and completely free.

Give them a ring on 0800 138 3944 or visit their website for more details.

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Get in touch

Reach out to us and have a chat with one of our annuity experts. They’ll answer all your questions and queries and help you find out how much your annuity income could be.

My pension's with Aviva

0800 096 5106

Monday to Friday: 9:00am - 5:00pm

Weekends and bank holidays: Closed

My pension's with another provider

0800 051 4003

Monday to Friday: 9:00am - 5:00pm

Weekends and bank holidays: Closed

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