State Pension age

State Pension age (SPA) is the age at which you can claim your State Pension. It is also the normal pension age (NPA) for your Local Government Pension Scheme benefits.

In addition to your Greater Manchester Pension Fund (GMPF) pension you may also qualify for a State Pension. The State Pension is paid through the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP). If you are eligible for a State Pension, as well as your pension with GMPF, these pensions will be paid separately.

State Pensions changed on the 6 April 2016. A single tier State Pension has been introduced for people who reach State Pension age (SPA) from 6 April 2016. This new set up replaces the previous two tier system which included the basic State Pension and additional State Pension. The two tier system is still payable to people who reached their SPA before 6 April 2016.

If you are a man born on or after 6 April 1951 or a woman born on or after 6 April 1953 and have at least ten qualifying years on your National Insurance record you will be able to claim the single tier State Pension.

The SPA is regularly reviewed to make sure it is affordable and fair. This means that your SPA may change in the future.

You can find out when you reach your SPA on the government’s website.

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