In years past you would have received your State Retirement Pension automatically. You may not be aware but this is no longer the case, so you will have to claim it to receive it! At Citizens Advice, we have been contacted by a increasing number of people who did not realise that this was the case.
You should get a letter from the Pension Service no later than 2 months before your 66th birthday (which is the current State Pension Age) telling you what to do to claim your pension. If you do not receive this letter you can still make a claim in the 4 months up to reaching your state pension age.
It is important to claim your State Pension as soon as you can, as there may be delays in payment if you leave claiming it too close to your 66th birthday, which could lead to financial difficulties for some people.
How to claim The quickest way to get your State Pension is to apply online at www.gov.uk/get-state-pension but if you don’t have access to the internet you can request a form by calling the Pension Service on 0800 731 7898.
You can check your State Pension age online at www.gov.uk/state-pension-age
Get a forecast of how much money you might get at www.gov.uk/check-state-pension
Further information on the State Pension is at www.gov.uk/new-state-pension or see our website – www.citizensadvice.org.uk.
Some of our clients have experienced delays after claiming which has caused them financial hardship. If you need any help to claim your State Pension or experience problems with claiming, contact one of our friendly advisers at Stroud and Cotswold Citizens Advice. Please call 0808 800 0510 or 0808 800 0511 Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm (calls are free from landlines and most mobiles).
or use our online email page at www.citizensadvice-stroudandcotswold.org.uk/stroud-cab-email-advice.php
We are now able to see a limited number of clients whose problem cannot be dealt with on the phone in person at our Cirencester office. Due to Covid, we cannot offer drop in sessions but if you need face to face advice you can be seen by appointment only. We are planning to open our outreach sessions gradually from December onwards.
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