Answered by Neil Adams
The earliest you can access your pension
Currently, the earliest age at which you can normally draw your pension is 55. The government plans to raise this to age 57 from 2028 from whence it will then increase in line with any rise in the State Pension age. (The rise will not affect public sector schemes such as those covering firefighters, the police and the armed forces.)
Exceptions to the rule
In general, most people are now prohibited from accessing their pension benefits until age 55. However, there is a small and shrinking group of people who can access their benefits from an earlier age. This group is divided into two camps. The first are employees whose employment contracts might entitle them to retire earlier. This group enjoys the protection of employment law.
The second group are professional sportsmen or dancers with older style pension contracts. In some instances such professions can access their benefits from their mid-30s or up. However, more recent pension arrangements have moved away from this type of arrangement.
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