State Retirement Pension
The basic State Pension is a regular payment you can get from the government when you reach State Pension age.
State Pension age
The State Pension age for women is increasing to become equal to the State Pension age for men (65) by November 2018.
From December 2018, the State Pension age for both men and women will start increasing in stages, reaching 66 by October 2020, 67 between 2034 and 2036, and 68 between 2044 and 2046.
The age you can claim your State Pension from depends on when you were born. You can check the government’s calculator to see when you’ll reach State Pension age. Visit gov.uk/calculatestate-pension
Getting State Pension
You’ll need to have paid or been credited with at least 30 years of national insurance to receive the full basic State Pension.
The most basic State Pension you can currently get is £113.10 a week. However, depending on your national insurance contributions you may be entitled to more – known as additional State Pension.
The government proposes to introduce a new single-tier State Pension from April 2016. The new single-tier State Pension will replace the existing system of basic State Pension and additional State Pension. This means that instead of being two separate amounts, it will be one amount of around £144 a week.
There is more information on how these changes may affect you at gov.uk/changes-state-pension
For information on changes in Northern Ireland, you can visit nidirect.gov.uk