Further rises to the state pension age - what's happening?
The state pension age is rising to 66 by 2020, but how much higher could it go and what has the new pensions minister said?

The previous government introduced legislation to increase the state pension age to 66 by 2020 for both women and men. It also brought forward the rise in state pension age to 67, and this will affect people born after April 1960. But how much could the state pension age rise in the future? It’s due to be reviewed in 2017.

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18-06-2015
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History of the state pension - 10 things you need to know about how it affects women
The state pension age is rising from 60 to 66 for women; whose decision was it and what’s the history of the state pension?

I get lots of emails from women who are furious about the rise in the state pension age to 66. Understandably, they want to know which government was responsible for it. In fact, it’s two different governments that introduced these rises. Read on to find out more - and about the state pension's history.

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31-03-2015
26-05-2015
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The flat rate state pension if you've contracted out of National Insurance
How much state pension will you lose under the flat rate scheme if you've been contracted out of National Insurance?

The government is going to introduce a flat rate state pension in April 2016. It’s designed to pay no less than £151.25 a week for people who have 35 years of National Insurance contributions (at 2015/16 rates). But if you have been contracted out of National Insurance (NI), through your workplace pension, you'll have paid a lower rate of National Insurance. And that means that even if you have paid NI for 35 years, you won't get the full rate for the flat rate state pension.

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02-06-2014
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