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State Retirement Pensions

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 3 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what account is taken in calculating pensions of working years additional to those required for a full state pension if they occurred prior to an individual reaching retirement age. (253734)

People attaining state pension age after 5 April 2010 will only need 30 qualifying years of national insurance contributions to gain a full basic state pension. People will continue to build up entitlement to the additional state pension on class 1 contributions paid beyond those years required for entitlement to a full basic pension.

In addition, as now, national insurance contributions will provide entitlement not just to state pension but to a range of contributory benefits. Contributions will continue to pay for benefits when people are sick or unemployed and bereavement benefits.