Your new State Pension explained

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


Your State Pension explained

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The new State Pension is for people who reach State Pension age on or after 6 April 2016.

The changes are designed to simplify the State Pension. We want people to know what to expect from their State Pension and to support them in planning for their retirement. This guide explains the main changes.

Published 17 November 2014
Last updated 9 April 2018 + show all updates
  1. Updated the guidance with the new amounts from 9 April 2018.
  2. Clarified the information about qualifying years, starting amounts and other minor changes.
  3. Published an updated version of 'Your State Pension explained'.
  4. Published an updated version of 'Your State Pension explained'.
  5. Published revised PDF – added information about the effect of other benefits on deferral.
  6. Published revised version with final amount for the full new State Pension from April 2016.
  7. Published revised version with up to date amounts.
  8. Updated PDF to reflect new regulations relating to deferral of State Pension being set.
  9. First published.