New State Pension: glossary

An explanation of words and phrases used in guidance about the new State Pension.

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We published this information to help explain the introduction of the new State Pension from 6 April 2016. We do not plan to update it.



This glossary explains the meaning of words and terms used in guidance about the new State Pension, like ‘contracted out’ and ‘deferral’ and ‘qualifying year’.

Published 27 March 2015
Last updated 6 April 2016 + show all updates
  1. Updated the glossary following the State Pension changes on 6 April 2016.
  2. First published.