State pension UK: How to check on your qualifying age as the DWP ‘failed’ 1950s women | Personal Finance | Finance

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State pension age changes were introduced by the Government in recent years which have caused difficulties for the Government. The state raised the women’s state pension age from 60 to 65 for those born in the 1950s and this decision has been criticised for years.

Fortunately, the Government provides a free-to-use tool on its website which allows users to check when they’ll reach state pension age, pension credit qualifying age and when they’ll be eligible for a free bus pass.

To start with, this tool will ask users to identify if they’re checking on their state pension or bus pass age.

Users will then need to enter their date of birth.

Once this has been entered, users will be presented with an exact date they’ll be able to claim their state pension from.

State pensions will also need to be claimed when a person reaches their retirement age, they will not be paid out automatically.

The Government details the quickest way to get a state pension is to apply online.

However, they can also be claimed over the phone or through the post.

Full details on state pension rules can be found on the Government’s website and impartial advice can be sought from the likes of Money Helper.

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