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
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
This change, if made law, would affect those born on or after 6
For more information, see our guide to the State Pension age