Pensions - Articles - Highest average pension pot is less than £90,000

There is a clear North-South divide with pension fund sizes: all of the top 5 are in the South East and 4 of the bottom 5 are in or above the Midlands.

 Portal Financial, has analysed the pension savings of almost 15,000 of its customers and created an interactive map - - detailing the average pension by county and major towns.Surrey residents top the retirement savings index with an average pension fund size of £87,947.
 In comparison, the average pension across the whole of England is £63,387.
 Top five counties with largest pension pots, on average:
 • Surrey - £87,947
 • Hertfordshire - £87,882
 • West Sussex - £84,036
 • Middlesex - £83,406
 • Kent - £81,571
 Bottom five counties:
 • County Durham - £48,741
 • Cleveland - £48,711
 • Nottinghamshire - £48,509
 • Worcestershire - £47,882
 • Avon - £34,870
 Jamie Smith-Thompson, managing director of Portal Financial, says: “It is interesting to see the saving habits of people across the country, and research into what prompts people to save would be useful. It is currently clear that many savers have fairly modest pension pots that are likely to be insufficient when they retire if they do not have other sources of income.
 “If the so-called Northern powerhouse were to release the concentration of wealth in the South East to the rest of the country, it could boost the retirement prospects of millions of people. Similarly, the chancellor may announce a flat-rate tax relief which could benefit basic-rate taxpayers and this could further increase the value of pensions for people who traditionally would have relied on smaller funds.”

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