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State Pension

You can get the State Pension from the government when you reach a certain age.

How much State Pension you get depends on how many National Insurance contributions you have made. These are tax payments you make while working. You can also sometimes be credited with National Insurance when you’re not working.

State Pension age

Visit the website to get an idea of how much State Pension you may get. 

If you reach State Pension age before 6 April 2016

In this case there will be two parts to your State Pension:

Under these rules:

Depending on your National Insurance contribution records, you may be entitled to more. This is known as Additional State Pension.

The new State Pension

The State Pension is changing. People who reach State Pension age on or after 6 April 2016 will receive a new State Pension with different rules. They will still need to have paid or been credited with a certain level of National Insurance contributions.

Find out more about the new State Pension on the government’s website.

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