The new State Pension
You’ll be able to claim the new State Pension if you’re:
- a man born on or after 6 April 1951
- a woman born on or after 6 April 1953
If you reached State Pension age before 6 April 2016, you’ll get the State Pension under the old rules instead.
The earliest you can get the new State Pension is when you reach State Pension age.
Your National Insurance record
You’ll usually need at least 10 qualifying years on your National Insurance record to get any State Pension. They don’t have to be 10 qualifying years in a row.
This means for 10 years at least one or more of the following applied to you:
- you were working and paid National Insurance contributions
- you were getting National Insurance credits for example if you were unemployed, ill or a parent or carer
- you were paying voluntary National Insurance contributions
If you’ve lived or worked abroad you might still be able to get some new State Pension.
You might also qualify if you’ve paid married women’s or widow’s reduced rate contributions.