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.
This guide is also available in Welsh (Cymraeg).
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 £122.30 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)