The government has proposed to introduce a flat rate (single-tier) State Pension from April 2016 and raise the State Pension age from 66 to 67 gradually between 2026 and 2028.

Parliament will have to agree any changes to the State Pension before they become law.

Flat rate State Pension

The government has proposed that the new flat rate (single-tier) pension will be introduced from April 2016.

Current pensioners and everyone reaching State Pension age before the introduction of the single-tier pension will continue to receive their State Pension in line with existing rules.

Read more information about the single tier pension on the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) website.

Changes to the State Pension age

The government has proposed that:

  • people born between 6 April 1960 and 5 March 1961 will reach State Pension age between 66 and 67
  • people born on or after 6 March 1961 will reach State Pension age when they’re 67 or older

This change hasn’t been approved by Parliament yet.

Current law

Under the current law State Pension age will already increase to:

  • 67 between 2034 and 2036
  • 68 between 2044 and 2046

Use the State Pension age calculator to find out your State Pension age under the current law.

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