Retirement planning is crucial, whether it’s years away or just around the corner. As we explore the UK state pension in this I Hate Numbers podcast, we aim to provide clarity on the two-state pension types and how to optimize your entitlement. Our team is dedicated to empowering you with financial knowledge, so let’s delve into the details.

Two Types of State Pension

The UK state pension comprises the basic state pension and the new state pension. The pension you receive depends on your birth date. Men born before April 6, 1951, and women born before April 6, 1953, are eligible for the basic state pension, while those born after these dates qualify for the new state pension.

Qualifying Years and Entitlement

To maximize your state pension, you need 35 qualifying years of paying the right national insurance contributions. Having a minimum of 10 qualifying years ensures you receive a proportionate pension, while anything beyond 35 years won’t increase your pension further.

National Insurance Contributions

For employees, Class 1 National Insurance contributions count toward your state pension. Even on a low wage, you may receive credits to bolster your pension. If you’re self-employed, paying Class 2 National Insurance (about £164 per year) helps build your pension record.

Filling the Gaps

Discovering gaps in your contribution history can be concerning, but fear not! You can buy back years until 2006 to improve your pension. The government recently extended the deadline to April 5, 2025, considering financial constraints and communication challenges. So, act sooner than later and secure your future!

Supplementing Your Pension

While the state pension is valuable, we don’t believe it should be your sole financial pillar in retirement. Consider other provisions such as workplace pensions or setting up a pension if you’re a director. Remember, pensions are an excellent tax planning approach for a comfortable retirement.


Understanding your UK state pension is a critical step in securing the retirement you deserve. Assess your qualifying years, fill any gaps, and make provisions for a financially stress-free future. Plan wisely, act promptly, and let’s make your financial dreams a reality!

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