I'm in Pace DC

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Your options and choices

Can I choose how much I pay into Pace DC?

Yes you can. When you join Pace DC, you and the Co-op pay contributions into your account. Your contributions are taken out of your Pay each month and you will see these payments appear on your payslip. Your payslip with tell you what contribution rate you are paying if you’re not sure.

You can choose how much you want to pay into Pace DC – the table below shows your options.

You can change your contribution rate whenever you want by filling in the Increase or decrease my contributions form.

 You pay
(% of Pay)
The Co-op pays
(% of Pay) 
Total % paid into your account 
 1% 2%  3% 
 2%* 3%  5% 
 3% 5%  8% 
 4%  8% 12%
 5%  10%  15%
 6%  10%  16%
 7%  10%  17%
 8%  10%  18%
 9%  10%  19%
 10%  10%  20%

*If you join today, your starting contribution will be 2% of Pay and the Co-op will pay 3% of your Pay. You can change to a different contribution level at any time. Under the current Pace Rules, the starting contribution will be 3% from October 2018.

If you don’t think you can afford the minimum contribution, once you are a member you can choose to pay in a lower amount (1% of Pay), so that at least you’re making some savings for the future.

You can find out more about your contribution options in the Pace DC pension guide. The guide explains how your pension costs less than you might think, thanks to tax relief and NICE Pensions. You can use the Pace DC pension modeller to see how your take-home pay would change, depending on your contribution choices.

Can I change how much I can pay?

Yes, you can pay in more (or less) by using the Increase or decrease my contributions form. You can use this form if you want to pay up to 10% of your Pay into Pace. If you pay more, the Co-op will pay in more, up to a maximum of 10%.

If you want to pay in more than 10%, then you’ll have to use the Start paying AVCs form. Additional Voluntary Contributions (AVCs) are extra payments you make into Pace DC. You get tax relief on your AVCs too, but you can’t pay them through NICE Pensions. You can change, stop and start your AVCs whenever you want.

You can use the Pace DC pension modeller to see what difference paying in more could make to the value of your account at retirement.

How can I see where my money is invested?

The money that you and the Co-op pay into Pace DC is invested. The aim of investing is to make your account grow.

Your account is invested with Legal & General. They’re one of the UK’s biggest pension and investment companies. You can see how your account is invested – and change your investment options at any time – by logging into Legal & General’s online system, Manage your Account.

In Pace DC, you can take the money in your account in different ways when you retire – for example, you can take it all as a lump sum or as an income. Because of this, we’ve given you a choice of investments that have been designed to match your different retirement options, so it’s important to think about this carefully.

If you don’t choose how to invest your account it will automatically be invested in the Target: Lump Sum Option. This default investment option has been designed to be a good match if you want to take your account as a lump sum at retirement. There are other Target options if you want to take your account in a different way.

If you don’t want to use a Target option, you can also choose your own investments from a range of six funds offered by Legal & General.

You can read more about how your account can be invested in the Pace DC fund guide. This guide also explains how much it costs to run and invest your account.

How can I use my account at retirement?

There are three ways in which you can use the money in your account at retirement:

  • Cash lump sum
    You can take all of your account as a cash lump sum; 25% will be paid tax-free and the rest will be taxed at your highest rate of income tax.
  • Secure income
    You can use your account to buy a regular income, which is called an annuity. If you want to you can take up to 25% of your account as tax-free cash and use the rest to buy an annuity.
  • Flexible income
    You can leave your account invested and take money out, as you need it. This option is sometimes known as ‘drawdown’. The first 25% of your account will be paid tax-free and the rest is taxed as income. This is not currently an option provided directly by Pace. If you wish to choose this option, you’ll have to transfer your Pace account to another DC pension provider who offers this option.

Find out how much money is in your account today, by logging into Manage your Account.

You can use the Pace DC pension modeller to work out how much money you might have in your account at your normal pension date, so you can start to think about how you might use it.

You can find out more about retirement in the section I'm thinking about my retirement.