Qualifying for the New State Pension


We will not be providing face-to-face advice or training for the foreseeable future. We will contact existing advice clients by phone. Our staff will continue to support our members and can be reached via telephone and email as usual.

We are working hard to move our training, where possible, to digital. For any queries, please contact our training team at [email protected]

We can only provide advice to people living in Northern Ireland. 

Helpline contact details:

Welfare Changes ring 0808 802 0020 or email [email protected]
Tax & Benefits ring 0800 988 2377 or email [email protected]
Business Debt ring 0800 083 8018 or email [email protected]
Debt Action ring 0800 028 1881 or email [email protected]
EU Settlement Scheme ring 0800 138 6545 or email [email protected]
For Historical Institutional Abuse advice and support call 02890 645919 email [email protected]


The New State Pension was introduced on 6 April 2016.

If you reached state pension age prior to 6 April 2016 then you claim under the old state pension scheme

Your entitlement to the New State Pension depends on your:

  • National Insurance Contributions (NICs)
  • Qualifying years

For claims, since the 6th April 2016, you must have been paid or been credited with National Insurance Contributions (NICs) for at least 10 years of your working life to receive any State Pension, and 35 years to receive the full New State Pension. The qualifying years don't have to be consecutive. You can find out more information about the new State Pension on NI Direct.

The full amount of the new State Pension is £168.60 a week however this will depend on your national insurance contributions.

The earliest date which you will be able to claim the new State Pension is when you reach your State Pension age, however, the pension age is increasing for both men and women therefore it is best to check your State Pension age online