1. Overview

The State Pension is changing. This guide doesn’t apply to you if you’re:

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

You won’t be eligible for the Additional State Pension if you reach State Pension age on or after 6 April 2016. Instead, you’ll get the new State Pension.

You reach State Pension age before 6 April 2016

The Additional State Pension is an extra amount of money you could get with your basic State Pension. It’s based on your National Insurance contributions.

How much you get depends on your earnings and whether you’ve claimed certain benefits. There is no fixed amount like the basic State Pension.

You get the Additional State Pension automatically, unless you’ve contracted out of it.

The Additional State Pension is paid with your basic State Pension and increases every year with inflation.