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State Pensions 2018: FAQs for MPs

Published Friday, April 6, 2018

This briefing paper looks at some of the FAQs constituents raise with their MPs about pensions.

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This briefing paper looks at some of the FAQs constituents raise with their MPs about pensions. For example:

  • Who is entitled to the new State Pension?
  • Is the new State Pension more generous than the old one?
  • What day is the State Pension paid on?
  • Are people who were members of contracted-out occupational schemes treated unfairly?
  • Can people still claim on the spouse/civil partner’s National Insurance record?
  • At what age can people claim their State Pension?
  • Is there an option to draw the State Pension early?
  • Have women born in the 1950s been unfairly treated?
  • How have political parties responded to the WASPI campaign?
  • Who is entitled to Pension Credit?
  • How does Pension Credit take account of capital?
  • What if a Pension Credit claimant goes abroad?

It does not pretend to be comprehensive. The aim is to provide some general information and signpost to more detailed sources of information and advice. It is aimed at MPs and their staff but others may also find it of interest.

Please note that nothing in this paper should be considered as constituting legal advice. It is not intended to address the specific circumstances of any particular individual. A suitably qualified professional should be consulted if specific advice or information is required.

Commons Briefing papers CBP-7981

Author: Djuna Thurley

Topic: Pensions

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