You would've claimed the basic State Pension if you’re:
- a man born before 6 April 1951
- a woman born before 6 April 1953
If you were born later, you’ll need to claim the new State Pension instead.
The basic State Pension is £156.20 for 2023/24.
To get the full basic State Pension you needed a total of 30 qualifying years of National Insurance contributions or credits. This means you were either:
- working and paying National Insurance
- getting National Insurance Credits, for example for unemployment, sickness or as a parent or carer
- paying voluntary National Insurance contributions
If you had fewer than 30 qualifying years, your basic State Pension will be less than the full amount.
You may also have been 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 claimed it, and you won't need to make a separate claim.