1. Overview

This guide doesn’t apply to you if you’re:

  • a man born on or after 6 April 1951
  • a woman born on or after 6 April 1953

You’ll need to read about the new State Pension instead.

You reached State Pension age before 6 April 2016

The basic State Pension is a regular payment from the government that you can get if you reached State Pension age before 6 April 2016.

To get it you must have paid or been credited with National Insurance contributions.

The most you can currently get is £119.30 per week.

The basic State Pension increases every year by whichever is the highest of the following:

  • earnings - the average percentage growth in wages (in Great Britain)
  • prices - the percentage growth in prices in the UK as measured by the Consumer Prices Index (CPI)
  • 2.5%