The state pension is the basic level of pension that is paid to individuals who have paid National Insurance over the course of their working lives.
The basic state pension increases in line with price inflation. Payments are made to claimants weekly. However the amount varies from person to person and is also reviewed and changed every year.
The government recently announced a flat-rate state pension is to be introduced worth £140 per week. It is possible to defer when you receive your state pension and take the months or years that you deferred on as a lump sum payment.
The state pension is administered by The Pension Service and they will usually contact the recipient a few months before they are entitled to claim it.
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- One in six people retiring will rely solely on state pension
- Universal state pension plans announced
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