Meeting people's needs
We want to help everyone understand the importance of saving for later life. The information on this page might be useful if you, or someone you know, is going through a period of vulnerability or simply needs communications from us in a different format.
Any one of us can become vulnerable at any one time. Vulnerability is wide-ranging but you may experience it, even temporarily, if you’re recently bereaved, have become financially vulnerable or are living with dementia, for example.
Vulnerability can include any mental health concerns, so it’s important to get the support you may need. Mind, Rethink, Samaritans and SANE are just some organisations which are there to help.
Looking out for our more vulnerable customers and providing support, where needed, is important to us.
We have a Vulnerable Customer Working Group with people from across the business who meet regularly and an organisation-wide policy in place. This means we can ensure staff have what they need to support vulnerable customers effectively and sensitively.
Charity of the year for B&CE, providers of The People’s Pension
Founded in 2003, Search Dogs Sussex support the emergency services to help find missing people who could be vulnerable. It’s made up of a small group of highly qualified and skilled volunteer dog teams, who are on-call all year round, 24 hours a day.
Read more about the work of Search Dogs Sussex
The impact of coronavirus
The effects of COVID-19 mean more people have become financially vulnerable, perhaps having lost their job or their business. And, unfortunately, the risk of fraud and pension scams has increased, with pension scammers targeting those who are older, vulnerable or isolated.
Our coronavirus help and support page has useful information, Q&A plus a video with a message from our staff.
We’re proud to support the Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Friends initiative and are working towards becoming a dementia-friendly organisation.
This means we’re part of a huge network of 3 million Dementia Friends across the UK, raising awareness and helping to support our customers and colleagues affected by dementia.
You can read more about the experience of becoming a Dementia Friend and Champion, and what it means to us as a business, in a blog post from one of our staff ‘All it takes is a conversation’.
If you, or someone you know, is living with dementia and needs some extra support with understanding their pension, please contact us – we’ll be happy to help.
Information in other languages
English not your first language? We provide some of our key information in other languages for members – Polish, Spanish and Romanian (our most popular website downloads). At the moment, we can only provide this service for key member information.
But if you need one of the key documents in another language that we don’t already provide, please call us on 0333 230 1399 or contact us.
Documents in other formats
If you struggle to access or understand any of our key documents and need them in another format – such as braille, large print, audio or easy read – please call us on 0333 230 1399 or contact us, we’ll be happy to help.
At the moment, we can only provide this service for key member information.
Talking to us over the phone
You might be worried about calling us if you have trouble hearing or speaking over the phone.
If this is a concern for you, you could use BT’s Relay UK service to talk to us. All you need to do is download a simple app and you can use it with your mobile or tablet. The Relay UK app is free.
Customise The People’s Pension website
We’ve added the Recite Me accessibility tool to The People’s Pension website.
This means that you can change how you view or listen to information on our website to suit your needs. If you have a disability or additional learning needs, for example, you’ll probably find some of the tools – speech functionality or reading support aids – useful.
To open the Recite Me toolbar, click on the ‘AA Accessibility’ button across the top of The People’s Pension website or you can read more about the tool first.
Financial services are complicated enough and so we aim to keep things simple. We try to explain things using everyday language to help people understand financial products and make well-informed decisions.
If you come across some pension words and phrases you don’t understand, you can use our jargon buster to check what the key terms mean.
Committed to clear communications, we’re a corporate member of the Plain Language Commission.