You can claim the basic State Pension if you’re:
- a man born before 6 April 1951
- a woman born before 6 April 1953
If you were born later, you’ll need to claim the new State Pension instead.
This guide is also available in Welsh (Cymraeg).
To get the basic State Pension you must have paid or been credited with National Insurance contributions.
The full basic State Pension is £141.85 per week.
Increasing your basic State Pension
If you’re not eligible for a basic State Pension or you’re not getting the full amount, you might be able to:
- increase the amount you get, for example by delaying (deferring) your basic State Pension
- get or inherit an increase from your spouse or civil partner