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Under the current system, a parent, usually a mother, receiving child benefit for a child under 12 gets a year of national insurance credits towards their state pension record.
Why can't the state pension be uprated in line with inflation and inflation alone as it used to be until the Conservative government criticised Gordon Brown for a state pension rise of just a few pence?
The Pensions Act 1995 provided for the State Pension Age (SPA) for women to increase, so they would have to be 65 rather than 60 to get their pension, the same as men.
You'll normally need at least 10 qualifying years to get any new State Pension.
Eligible claimants for a top up must be entitled to the basic State Pension or Additional State Pension and be either a man born before 6 April 1951 or a woman born before 6 April 1953.
We have already committed to protecting pensioner incomes with the triple lock uprating the basic State Pension by at least 2.
But the proportion who will be worse off will rise rapidly, with more than half of people reaching state pension age after 2060 left worse off.
At a time when our MPs have provided themselves the most generous pension scheme in the country and been using every device at their disposal to delay or prevent us finding out how much they have been claiming from the taxpayer in expenses, I feel that they should be ashamed that the UK state pension lags so far behind our European partners.
Perhaps set at around PS200 a week, it would be around 30% larger than today's state pension, the report suggested.
It highlights what a vital financial lifeline the state pension provides, with 1.
Many people won t have had the chance to build an Additional State Pension, such as women and the self-employed, and we have devised a way that will provide a fairer system.
PEOPLE want more choice over when they receive their state pension - even if this means they end up being thousands of pounds worse off over the course of their retirement, a report has found.

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