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State Retirement Pension age

State Retirement Pension age (or State Pension age) is the age we need to be in order to receive our State Retirement Pension from the Government. At this age, we also qualify for other help, such as free bus travel.

The State Pension age for women affects when both men and women can claim Pension Credit.

State Pension age in the UK used to be 60 for a woman and 65 for a man, but this is changing.

Since April 2010, State Pension age for women has been gradually increasing, affecting all women born on or after 6 April 1950.

The Pensions Act 2011

The Pensions Act 2011 allowed for increasing women's State Pension age to 65, the same as men's, by November 2018.

Men and women's pension age will then be raised together so that it is 66 by October 2020.

You will be affected by this if you are a woman born on or after 6 April 1953 or a man born on or after 6 December 1953.

Pensions Bill 2013-14

The Government are planning further increases to the State Pension age to raise it from 66 to 67 by 2026. This forms part of the Pensions Bill 2013-14 that is currently progressing through Parliament.

This change, if made law, would affect those born on or after 6 April 1960.

For more information, see our guide to the State Pension age changes.

 

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