The State Pension is a regular payment from the UK government that most people get once they reach a certain age.
The State Pension age is currently 65 for men. The State Pension age for women is gradually rising from 60 to 65 and depends on when you were born. To find out when you will reach the State Pension age, visit GOV.UK.
You can find out how much State Pension you have by:
- visiting GOV.UK
- calling the UK government’s Future Pensions Centre on 0345 3000 168.
The new State Pension
A new State Pension has been introduced. You will get the new State Pension if you reach State Pension age after 6 April 2016.
The aim of this change is to simplify State Pensions. Some people who have not paid enough National Insurance may not be able to get the full amount. For more information, visit GOV.UK.
If you have a low income, you may be able to get extra support alongside your State Pension. This is called Pension Credit. You may also be able to get help towards other costs, such as housing.