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State Pension

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State Pension is a regular payment from the UK Government that most people can claim when they reach their State Pension age.

It is based on your National Insurance contributions or National Insurance credits. You pay National Insurance contributions when you are working if you earn enough, and are credited with contributions if you are claiming benefits such as Universal Credit, Carer’s Allowance, Carer Support Payment or Employment and Support Allowance, or you are caring for a child.

There are two different types of State Pension. The one you qualify depends on whether you reached your State Pension age before or after 5th April 2016. 

This guide covers the rules for both types of State Pension, how to claim it and how to deal with any problems. 

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