State Pension is an important payment for many during their retirement years. The age one can begin claiming this payment depends on their date of birth and gender. But what age exactly can you start claiming State Pension and how much might you get?
What is State Pension?
The State Pension is a regular payment given to those of a certain age by the UK Government.
This payment is intended to ensure everyone has a solid base upon which to retire and to assist in financially supporting them.
State Pension is funded through National Insurance contributions and as such eligibility is contingent on one’s own contributions.
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When is the appeal against the State Pension age changes happening?
The changes to the State Pension age have been debated many times.
The BackTo60 campaign argues women of the 1950s have been cheated out of their expected pension entitlement.
Last year, the High Court, dismissed the campaigner’s claim on all grounds.
But on July 21, the Court of Appeal is to due to hear the appeal against this judgement.
How to claim State Pension
Typically around four months before you reach State Pension age you will receive a letter from the Pension Service advising you what to do.
If you do not receive a letter three months before you reach State Pension age, you can claim in the following ways.
You can make a claim the basic State Pension and the new State Pension in four ways:
- Over the phone: Phone: 0800 731 7898 or Textphone: 0800 731 7339
- By downloading the State Pension claim form and sending it to your local pension centre
- From abroad, including the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.