State Pension toolkit

Information to help people understand the State Pension and the changes from 6 April 2016.

On 6 April 2016, the State Pension scheme was replaced by a clearer one. This means people will know from a much younger age how much State Pension they’re likely to get. It will enable them to plan better for their retirement. Any eligible person who reaches State Pension age on or after 6 April 2016 will receive the new State Pension.

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State Pension guidance

Published 18 December 2014
Last updated 6 April 2017 + show all updates
  1. Updated to take account of changes from 6 April 2017.

  2. Updated following the State Pension changes on 6 April 2016.

  3. Added resource pack for stakeholders and employers to the toolkit.

  4. Added 'New State Pension: handouts' to 'Promotional material. The handouts help explain the new State Pension – including how to increase it and how National Insurance credits might help.

  5. Added new publication – 'New State Pension: if you’re contracted-out of additional State Pension'.

  6. Added guidance for pension advisers about State Pension top up.

  7. First published.