Drawdown Schemes

Drawdown schemes are a welcome innovation to the equity release market & are now a very popular method of releasing equity.


Drawdown schemes are based on the principle of ‘roll-up’. However, rather than taking funds in a single withdrawal, drawdown enables you to take it in stages.

This is achieved by the creation of a reserve facility, which holds additional funds for future use. In addition to the above features, drawdown plans have the following advantages/disadvantages: -


  • Interest is only charged on the cash released.
  • Less interest will potentially be charged over the long term
  • Potentially more inheritance will be available for your beneficiaries
  • Ad-hoc withdrawals can be made, as & when funds are required
  • Can assist in mitigating against loss of means-tested benefits


  • There may be a limitation on the size of the initial lump sum
  • Some reserve facilities may not be guaranteed & can be withdrawn by the lender
  • Future withdrawals can be at a higher interest rate than the original lump sum
  • The size of the reserve facility may be restricted


This is a drawdown Scheme. To understand the features and risks, ask for a personalised illustration.

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