Benefits for people who are State Pension age

2. State Pension

You may qualify for a State Pension if you are over State Pension age. The State Pension age for men and women is now the same and will increase to the age of 68.  You can check when you will reach State Pension age by using the State Pension age calculator on GOV.UK.

There are 2 State Pension schemes and which one you may qualify for depends on your date of birth:

  • Basic State Pension - men born before 6 April 1951 or women born before 6 April 1953
  • New State Pension - men born on or after 6 April 1951 or women born on or after 6 April 1953

You need to make a claim for a State Pension, it is not paid automatically.

The Pension Service should write to you to invite you to claim a few months before you reach your State Pension age.

If you have not received an invitation you can find out how to claim State Pension on GOV.UK.

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