State Pension

State Pensions are paid by the government and can provide an income in retirement. Anyone who has worked and paid enough National Insurance (NI) contributions for a set number of years should be eligible for the basic state pension.

State Pension entitlements

The State Pension is a regular payment provided by the government to support individuals during retirement, which becomes available once they reach the State Pension age. At present, both men and women can claim this pension at the age of 66. However, for individuals born after April 5, 1960, the eligibility age will increment by one month each month until it reaches 67 in April 2028. Furthermore, it is anticipated to rise to 68, affecting those born after April 1977.

To qualify for the minimum State Pension, individuals must have made 10 years of National Insurance Contributions, whereas 35 'qualifying' years are required to receive the maximum amount.


You must have been credited for making National Insurance contributions for 30 ‘qualifying years’ to be entitled to a full basic state pension. You could be in for a shock if you have missed contributions – the fewer credits you have, the smaller your slice of the State pension will be. If you have 10 or 11 qualifying years you will get only 25% of the basic pension – if you have less than that you may get nothing.

Qualifying years

These are years in which you have received qualifying earnings and paid National Insurance contributions. In some circumstances you may be credited with earnings even if you were not working. This is likely if you are, or were, incapable of working due to illness, caring for someone or in receipt of certain benefits.
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