The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has announced its final rules on capping early exit charges for consumers eligible to access the government’s pension reforms from age 55.

From 31 March 2017, early exit charges will be capped at 1% of the value of existing contract-based personal pensions, including workplace personal pensions. Early exit charges that are currently set at less than 1% may not be increased. Firms will not be able to apply an early exit charge to personal pension contracts entered into after these rules take effect.

Christopher Woolard, Executive Director of Strategy and Competition at the FCA said:

“People eligible for the Government’s pension reforms should feel able to access them as they wish. The 1% cap on early exit charges for existing pensions, and the 0% cap for new contracts, will mean that current and future savers will not be deterred by these charges from accessing their pension pots.”


Policy statement – PS16/24: Capping early exit pension charges: Feedback on CP16/15

Capping early exit pension charges: Feedback on CP16/15 and Final rules (PDF)

Source: FCA website