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What is the State Pension?

The State Pension is a regular payment from the Government that most people can claim when they reach State Pension age. It is based on your National Insurance contributions.

As of April 2016 there are two different systems for claiming State Pension. The information in this section applies if you reached State Pension age on or before before 5 April 2016, that is, if you are:

  • a woman born on or before 5 April 1953
  • a man born on or before 5 April 1951

It’s the date that you reach State Pension age that’s important, not when you start to claim it.

If you reach State Pension age after 5 April 2016, the new State Pension rules will apply to you.

Further information

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

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