State Pension Age

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This is the earliest age you can receive the state basic pension.
 
State Pension Age is currently age 65 for men.
 
State Pension Age for women is currently being increased to be equalised with that for men and will reach 65 by November 2018.
 
 
State Pension Age equalisation timetable for Women
 
Date of Birth New State Pension Age
Before 6 April 1950 60
6 April 1950 - 5 April 1951
In the range 60 - 61
6 April 1951 - 5 April 1952
In the range 61 - 62
6 April 1952 - 5 April 1953
In the range 62 - 63
6 April 1953 - 5 August 1953
In the range 63 - 64
 6 August 1953 - 5 December 1953
In the range 64 - 65
 
The State Pension Age will then increase to 66 for both men and women from December 2018 to October 2020.
 
Increase in State Pension Age from 65 to 66 for Men and Women
 
Date of Birth New State Pension Age
6 December 1953 - 5 October 1954 In the range 65 - 66
After 5 October 1954
66
 
Under current legislation the State Pension Age is due to rise to 67 between 2026 and 2028 and to 68 between 2044 and 2046. However, the government has announced plans to link rises in the State Pension Age above age 67 to increases in life expectancy.
 
 
More Information
 
The Pension Service helps with State Pension eligibility, claims and payments.
 
Telephone:  0800 731 7898
Textphone:  0800 731 7339
Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm (except public holidays)