Pensions are an essential tool for most of us to provide for us when we no longer work. Retirement depends on having funds secured during your working life. But how much is the state pension? Moolr took a look.
The type of pension a person gets will depend on when they were born. Men with a date of birth before April 6 1951, and women born before April 6 1953, can claim the basic state pension. Those born after this date will follow the new rules the government introduced. This means their state pension will be different in a number of ways.
The current full basic amount is £129.20 per week. Some people may be able to increase their amount. One way is by deferring their pension payments. There are other ways to increase the pension, such as by making Voluntary National Insurance contributions should you have gaps in your record. The maximum amount available on the new state pension is £168.60 per week.
One option in order to get a greater payment is to delay the state pension, upon reaching state pension age. What’s more, the UK state pension increases each year under the triple lock guarantee. The annual increase applies to both the basic and new state pension. The rise is whichever is the greatest out of the average percentage growth in wages (in Great Britain), the percentage growth in prices in the UK as measured by the Consumer Prices Index (CPI) and 2.5 per cent.
If you’re not eligible for a basic State Pension or you’re not getting the full amount, you might qualify for a ‘top up’ to £77.45 per week through your spouse’s or civil partner’s National Insurance contributions.
You can get the ‘top up’ if both of you have reached State Pension age and either:
your spouse or civil partner reached State Pension age before 6 April 2016 and qualifies for some basic State Pension, even if they have not claimed it
your spouse or civil partner reached State Pension age on or after 6 April 2016 and has at least one qualifying year of National Insurance contributions or credits from before 6 April 2016, even if they do not qualify for any new State Pension or they have not claimed it
If your spouse or civil partner was born before 6 April 1950, you can only get the ‘top up’ if you’re a woman who is married to either:
If you qualify for the ‘top up’ you should get it automatically.
for men born before 1945 and women born before 1950, you need more qualifying years to get a full State Pension and a certain minimum number of years to get any State Pension at all. It is 44 and 39 years respectively to get a full pension or 11 and 10 years to get any pension at all.