State pension for 2023/24 tax year

The flat-rate state pension will increase by 10.1% to £203.85 per week (up from the previous £185.15 per week) from 6 April 2023. This equates to just over £10,600 per year or £880 per month.

After some speculation, the UK Government committed to maintaining the “triple lock”, meaning the September inflation (CPI) figure of 10.1% was used to determine the increase.

The state pension was changed to the current flat-rate system in April 2016, intended to simplify the previous system of basic state pension, SERPS, State Second Pension and pension credits. To qualify for the full flat-rate state pension you now require 35 qualifying years of National Insurance contributions or credits.

Those people who were better off under the previous system will still receive the higher amount they were previously entitled to. You may be able to pay voluntary contributions, to fill any gaps in your National Insurance record.

State pension age is currently 66, but will gradually increase to age 67 between 2026 and 2028. There is a further rise to age 68 due between 2037 and 2039, although the Government is due to publish a review of state pension age in early 2023.

You can check your state pension forecast online at or complete and post the BR19 request form.

You do have to claim your state pension as it will not be paid automatically (for residents in Northern Ireland). State pension is paid gross but is taxable, so your tax code is likely to change for any other sources of income.

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