Over 80 Pension
The Over 80 Pension is a state pension for people aged 80 or over.
You cannot get the over 80 pension if you reached State Pension age on or after 6 April 2016.
You can claim the over 80 pension if all the following apply:
- you are aged 80 or over
- you do not get basic State Pension, or your basic State Pension is less than £93.60 a week in the tax year 2023-2024
- you were resident in the UK for at least 10 years out of 20 (this doesn’t have to be 10 years in a row) - this 20 year period must include the day before you turned 80 or any day after
- you were ‘normally resident’ in the UK, the Isle of Man or Gibraltar on your 80th birthday or the date you made the claim for this pension if later
If you live in or are moving to a European Economic Area (EEA) country or Switzerland, you can find out about pensions and benefits for UK nationals in the EU, EEA or Switzerland
Your eligibility for the over 80 pension is not based on National Insurance contributions.
What you'll get
What you get depends on how much basic State Pension you get, if any.
If you do not get the basic State Pension or you get less than £93.60 a week, you could get the difference paid up to this amount.
If you’re 80 years old and you get £45 a week State Pension, your State Pension may be topped up by £48.60, to £93.60 a week.
Effect on other benefits
The Over 80 Pension counts as taxable income, so it may affect other benefits you're getting.
You must include the Over 80 Pension as income if you're claiming other income-related benefits.
How to claim
You can get Over 80 Pension forms from the Northern Ireland Pension Centre or your nearest Jobs and Benefits office.
What to do if your circumstances change
If your circumstances change it could affect your eligibility.
It's important that you contact the Northern Ireland Pension Centre, if you:
- go into (or leave) hospital or a local Health Trust funded care home
- leave the UK to live abroad, or for a long visit
- move house
- change your bank account
Report your change of situation to the Northern Ireland Pension Centre
You can call the Northern Ireland Pension Centre if you have more questions about the over 80 pension.