Don’t forget to claim your State Pension!

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 an increasing number of people who did not realise this.

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.

How to claim

The quickest way to get your State Pension is to apply online at 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

Get a forecast of how much money you might get at

Further information on the State Pension is available at

or see our own website

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).