Event date: 03/05/2017
News date: 21 Apr
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The basic State Pension is a benefit which is paid weekly to older people in the UK once they reach state pension age. Currently this age is 60 for women, and 65 for men, but this is being made equal and by 2018 it will be 65 for both men and woman.
The amount of basic State Pension you will receive will depend on the number of years in which you worked and paid National Insurance (NI) contributions, or claimed certain benefits, such as Jobseeker's Allowance or Carer's Allowance, for which you received National Insurance credits. You can work out how much your basic State Pension is likely to be by using the State Pension Calculator.
You may also be eligible for Additional State Pension if you participated in the Second State Pension Scheme (SSPS) or State Earnings-Related Pension Scheme (SERPS). If so, this will be automatically added to your basic State Pension when you claim it, and you won't need to make a separate claim.
When you are eligible to receive your State Pension, you will receive a letter from the Pension Service to let you know that you are now able to claim it. You can then claim your pension in one of the following ways:-
Even if you aren't ready to retire and want to keep working, you can still claim your State Pension. However, you will also have the option to defer your pension claim which may mean you receive more money later. Find out more about deferring your State Pension.
Your State Pension will be paid directly into your bank or building society account once your claim has been processed.
If you don't have a bank or building society account, you can open a Post Office card account, which is a special account that's only for the receipt of benefit payments. You will then be able to withdraw your State Pension at any Post Office branch.
You can go to our Claiming all of your benefits page for information on how to get support in claiming all of the benefits to which you are entitled.
You can find out more about the State Pension, how it is calculated, and what you may be eligible to receive on the Gov UK website.The government have also produced a video on how to claim your state pension online.
The Pensions Advisory Service website and telephone service offers comprehensive, free and impartial advice on your state pension.
The government's new PensionWise website offers information on all issues relating to occupational and private pensions.
The Money Advice Service website provides information on pensions and retirement.
The Which website offers advice on benefits options for older people.
Your local Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) can offer free and impartial advice on welfare benefits and debt, and will point you towards more specialist advice when appropriate:-