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How safe is my annuity?

Annuities are provided by insurance companies and offer a secure income for the rest of your life.

The annuity providers on our panel and Hargreaves Lansdown are covered by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS). You may be entitled to compensation from the FSCS if Hargreaves Lansdown or your annuity provider cannot meet their obligations. This will depend on the circumstances of your claim.

Eligible claimants are able to make a claim to the FSCS where a provider is unable to (or likely to be unable to) meet claims against it, e.g. it has insufficient assets to make payments. The FSCS would initially look to transfer the annuity to another provider or, if this is not possible, obtain a substitute annuity within the compensation limits. If this is not possible the policyholder will receive compensation under the FSCS. The compensation is 100% of the value of the claim with no upper limit. Further details of the FSCS can be found at www.fscs.org.uk or you can contact them on 0800 678 1100.

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