State Pension

State Pension Age (SPA) is the earliest age you can claim your State Pension and depends on when you were born.

State Pension ages have been undergoing radical changes since April 2010. The changes will see the SPA rise to 65 for women between 2010 and 2018, and then to 66, 67 and 68 for both men and women.

There are plans to change State Pension ages further.

Know your SPA

To find your SPA, please visit and follow the instructions on the page.

You usually have to claim your State Pension, it isn’t normally paid automatically, unless you are receiving certain benefits before you reach SPA. You can claim your State Pension even if you are still working.

Normally, about 4 months before you reach SPA, you will be sent a letter from the Pension Service telling you what to do. If you haven’t got a letter 3 months before you reach SPA , and you want to claim your State Pension, there are 3 ways to do this:

1. Claim your State Pension online, please visit:

2. Telephone Monday to Friday, between 8am and 6pm: Telephone: 0800 731 7898  (or Textphone: 0800 731 7339)

   3. Form: you can also claim by form, please see for more information.

You can watch a short video about the State Pension below: