If you pay into a personal pension, for every £100.00 you put in, the Government adds £25.00. And, if you are a higher rate taxpayer, you will get a further £25.00 off your tax bill. This makes saving by means of pensions a very attractive option – particularly for those paying higher rates of tax. If you are a higher rate taxpayer, however, do be advised that the Government is seriously considering reducing pension tax relief for higher earners.
It would be a good time to look and see about maximising your pension contributions. You can pay up to £40,000 each year into a pension (subject to your earnings) and may also be able to catch up pension payments from the last 3 years if you have not paid the maximum in each of those earlier years.