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.