Single-tier pension for anyone reaching state pension age from 6 April 2016

The single-tier pension is based on an individual’s record of NI contributions and credits. The maximum level of single-tier pension is £175.20 a week in 2020-21.

The maximum level of single-tier pension is payable to individuals with at least 35 years of NI contributions and credits. At least ten years of NI contributions/credits will be needed to qualify for any pension.

Anyone with between 10 and 35 years of NI would receive a proportionate amount of Single Tier Pension.

For every year you make a NI payment or receive a credit, you will build up an entitlement equal to the amount of the maximum Single Tier Pension divided by 35 (ie at the provisional level of £175.20, £5.00 a week is added for every year of National Insurance added).

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