The new pension system is being introduced for people who reach pensionable age on or after 6 April 2016 – that is a man born on or after 6 April 1951 or a woman born on or after 6 April 1953.


The pension maximum is £155.65 a week, but most people will not get this amount. How much you get depends on your National Insurance contributions, and you need at least 10 years of contributions to qualify for some pension.

You can check out how much you will be entitled to by filling in a  BR19 form or ringing 0345 3000 168.

You’ll need 35 qualifying years to get the new full State Pension.

If you’re 50 or over, you can contact the Future Pension Centre to get a statement by phone or post.

Telephone: 0345 3000 168 (statements and enquiries)
Textphone: 0345 3000 169
Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm

or you can fill in an online form: