Basic State Pension rate

There are different rates of State Pension. The rate you get depends on your circumstances.

Getting the basic State Pension 

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.

It doesn’t apply to you if you are:

  • a man born on or after 6 April 1951
  • a woman born on or after 6 April 1953

Basic State Pension rate

The following table is an overview of the maximum basic State Pension you can get:

Circumstances Basic State Pension weekly rate for 2019 to 2020
Maximum qualifying years £129.20
Married man, woman or civil partner (top-up rate using his wife's, her husband's or civil partner's National Insurance record £77.45

Qualifying for a basic State Pension

Basic State Pension is based on the number of qualifying years you achieve during your working life.

To find out more about qualifying for the basic State Pension, go to the link below:

Annual increases in the basic State Pension rate

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)
  • 2.5per cent

 Additional State Pension rate

The additional State Pension is sometimes also known as SERPS or the State Second Pension (S2P).

Not everyone receives an additional State Pension. The amount you get depends on your circumstances.

For more information, go to the following page:

Over 80 Pension rate

The Over 80 Pension is a State Pension for people aged 80 years or over.

To be eligible you must get either a basic State Pension of less than £77.45 a week, or no basic State Pension at all.

It can give you £77.45 a week in the 2019 to 2020 tax year. For more information go to the link below:

SMS messages

When claiming the basic State Pension you may receive text messages (SMS) from the Department for Communities (DfC). They will always be clearly marked as DfC and will never ask you to give, or click a link to give, personal information or financial details by message or email.

If you’re concerned or unsure about any text messages (SMS) you receive from about the basic State Pension you should contact Northern Ireland Pension Centre directly.

If you suspect you have received a fraudulent message as a scam, contact Northern Ireland Pension Centre immediately.

  • Further information is available at: scamwiseni

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