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State Retirement Pensions

Volume 461: debated on Thursday 21 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what reason the first payment of a state pension is made from the nearest Monday to a pensioner’s qualifying birthday. (143691)

Entitlement to a state pension begins on the payday on or following the day on which a person reaches pension age. Historically pensioners had a Thursday payday, but it was changed to a Monday for new claimants in September 1984 to spread the flow of customers using Post Offices more evenly. In some circumstances pensioners can be given a different payday.