The State Pension
The State Pension is a regular income paid by the UK Government to people who have reached State Pension age. In this section we explain various aspects of the State Pension and how NI contributions work - and we introduce the changes that are happening. Below are the links that you might find useful when thinking about your State Pension.
The State Pension is intended to ensure that everyone has a foundation for their retirement income to support them in their old age. State Pensions are funded from National Insurance (NI) contributions. What you'll receive doesn’t directly depend on how much you have earned but on your own NI record. For those who enter the National Insurance system on or after 6 April 2016, in order to get the full State Pension you currently need to have 35 years’ worth of qualifying NI contributions or credits when you reach State Pension Age (SPA). For those who have an NI record before 6 April 2016, there are transitional arrangements.