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The first 30K of a redundancy payment is tax free as you surmised.
The maximum pension contribution, including those made by your employer, is 40K this tax year. You could ask your employer to pay your salary in two parts, in 17/18 and 18/19, as your notice period will effectively span two tax years. This would expose your exposure considerably, particularly if you can manage pension contributions also.
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Now that is useful; if you have prior year contribution levels to mop up by all means reduce your take home pay by contributing.
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