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What is the new State Pension?

The new State Pension is a regular payment from Government that most people can claim in later life.

You can claim the new State Pension at State Pension age if you have at least 10 years National Insurance contributions and are:

  • a man born on or after 6 April 1951
  • a woman born on or after 6 April 1953

If you were born before these dates you will get State Pension (before 2016) instead.

How much is the new State Pension?

The full amount you can get under the new State Pension will be £159.55 per week, but the amount you get could be higher or lower depending on your national insurance record. See How is my pension amount worked out? for more details.

Get an estimate of your State Pension

It’s important to plan in advance for your retirement and to get an idea of how much your State Pension will be.You can check your State Pension online or, if you are aged 50 or over, you can request a paper statement if you prefer.

Can I put off claiming my State Pension?

Yes, you can postpone claiming your State Pension, known as ‘deferring’, and get a higher pension when you do claim. If you’re claiming certain benefits, they may be affected if you defer. Contact your local Age UK or the Pension Service for advice if this is the case.

Further information

For more information: Call Age UK Advice: 0800 678 1174

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