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Claiming State Pension – what you need to know

The State Pension is a weekly payment from the government that you receive when you reach State Pension age.

The amount you get will depend on how long you’ve been contributing towards it and the type of private pension you have.

You’ll be able to claim the new State Pension if you’re:

  • a man born on or after 6 April 1951
  • a woman born on or after 6 April 1953

The earliest you can get the new State Pension is when you reach State Pension age.

If you reached State Pension age before 6 April 2016, you’ll get the State Pension under the old rules instead.

Claiming your State Pension

You will not get your new State Pension automatically – you have to claim it. You should get a letter no later than 2 months before you reach State Pension age, telling you what to do.

If you do not get an invitation letter, you can still make a claim.

There are 3 ways to claim:

Take a look at the below video about on how to securely and quickly claim your State Pension online. The service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and there’s help on hand if needed.

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