State Pension age is the earliest age at which you can claim your State Pension. It is currently 65 for men and 60 for women. However, the State Pension age is changing and will increase between 2010 and 2046.
What are the changes to State Pension age?
Currently, the State Pension age is 65 for men born before 6 April 1959.For women born on or before 5 April 1950,StatePension ageis 60.
The State Pension age for women born on or after 6 April 1950 will increase gradually to 65 between 2010 and 2020.
From 6 April 2020 the State Pension age will be 65 for both men and women.
Between 2024 and 2046 the State Pension age will increase for both men and women. This increase will be gradual, happening over two years every decade. The changes will mean that:
- State Pension age for men and women will increase from 65 to 66 between April 2024 and April 2026
- State Pension age for men and women will increase from 66 to 67 between April 2034 and April 2036
- State Pension age for men and women will increase from 67 to 68 between April 2044 and April 2046
The age you can claim your State Pension will be determined by when you were born.
You can find out exactly when you will be able to claim your State Pension by using the State Pension age calculator.
Choices you have at State Pension age
When you reach State Pension age, you can still work if you want to.
- stop working and get your State Pension
- carry on working and get your State Pension as well
- carry on working and put off claiming your State Pension
If you put off claiming your State Pension, you may get extraState Pension when you do claim it.
If you go on working after State Pension age, you don’t have to carry on paying National Insurance contributions.
Putting off claiming the State Pension
You can now choose to put off claiming your State Pension for as long as you want. When you do claim you can choose to get either extra State Pension for the rest of your life, or receive a one-off, taxable lump-sum payment (which will be equivalent to the State Pension you put off claiming plus interest) as well as your regular weekly State Pension.
- State Pension deferral – taking up your State Pension later
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