Fancy A Top Up? ⬆️


Did you know the State Pension Top Up deadline has been pushed back?

As of June 2023, the deadline 📅 has been rescheduled to the 5th April 2025. And you need to take advantage of this change. In this article we’ll be going through what State Pension Top Ups are and how they could benefit you.

So, What Are State Pension Top Ups?

State Pension Top Ups offer a practical solution to enhance your State Pension benefits and secure a more comfortable retirement 😌.

While the Government provides a regular income through the State Pension, it may not always be enough to cover all your financial needs during retirement. That’s where State Pension Top Ups come in, allowing you to take proactive steps toward securing a stronger financial foundation 💪.

By making voluntary contributions, you can maximise your future State Pension income and ensure a higher weekly or monthly amount from the Government.

This additional income, although unlikely to provide enough to fund a comfortable retirement in isolation, can help, when factored in with monies from private pensions, savings, and investments.

It’s important to be aware that State Pension Top Ups aren’t available to everyone, and eligibility criteria typically centres around factors such as your age and when you reach the State Pension age. Additionally, the contribution amounts and resulting pension increases can vary.

Is This Scheme For Me?

If you’re aged between 45 and 72, you should be considering taking advantage of the State Pension Top Up scheme.

At this age range you’re the most likely to benefit.

If you’re under 45, you should still go through this process. However you may find you’re not in need of a paid State Pension Top Up.

If you’re aged between 70 and 72(ish) this scheme is for men 👨 born after 5 April 1951 and women 👩 born after 5 April 1953.

If born any earlier than this you’re on the Old State Pension, so this scheme doesn’t apply ❌.

Will I Actually See Much Benefit From This Scheme?

First and foremost, the State Pension Top Up scheme presents you with a great opportunity to increase your regular State Pension payments and boost your guaranteed, retirement income ✅.

By making these top ups you’re increasing the amount of reliable income you’ll receive. By this we mean the income you know will drop into your bank account every month, just like a salary. When making voluntary contributions, you take charge of your financial future, providing yourself with greater peace of mind and long-term stability 😌.

Another advantage is the affordability of the State Pension Top Up scheme. When compared to other private pension options, the cost is relatively low. The specific amount you’ll need to pay depends again on factors such as your age and the amount of extra pension income you want.

The State Pension Top Up scheme provides you the additional comfort of a guaranteed and inflation-proof income stream.

Keep in mind that the State Pension, backed by the UK Government, will annually adjust any additional pension income you purchase through the scheme to keep pace with inflation. This makes sure your retirement income keeps its value over time, safeguarding your purchasing power and providing a reliable source of financial stability 🔒.

When speaking to Michael from our Financial Planning team he said “A State Pension Top Up can have a massively positive impact on your pension. A full National Insurance year usually costs £824 and adds up to £300 a year to your pre-tax pension. Going off these figures if you live at least 3 years after getting your State Pension, you’ll see value. And after those 3 years, the value will continue to increase.”

Additionally, the State Pension Top Up scheme offers flexibility in terms of contribution options. Whether you prefer a one-time payment or spreading the contributions over a period of up to 18 years, the choice is yours. It’s important to bear in mind that while the State Pension Top Up scheme can offer significant benefits, it may not be suitable for everyone. Factors such as your individual financial situation, existing pension arrangements, and future retirement goals should be carefully considered before making a decision. If you need help deciding if there’s value of you topping up your State Pension, get in touch on 01642 52 55 11 or just pop in.

How Long Will I Be Getting The State Pension?

Buying voluntary National Insurance contributions can provide significant financial benefits later in life. However, whether you actually see a benefit depends partly on how long you live after making the contributions.

By looking at your current health and the life expectancy data below you can work out if you’re likely to live long enough to benefit.


Current age Age at which you qualify for the State Pension Average life expectancy in the UK
40 68 87
45 67 87
50 67 87
55 67 87
60 67 87
65 66 87
70 You were eligible at 62 88
75 You were eligible at 60 89
80 You were eligible at 60 90

Life expectancy data provided by the Office for National Statistics.


Current age Age at which you qualify for the State Pension Average life expectancy in the UK
40 68 84
45 67 84
50 67 84
55 67 84
60 67 84
65 66 85
70 You were eligible at 65 86
75 You were eligible at 65 87
80 You were eligible at 65 89

Life expectancy data provided by the Office for National Statistics.

What Do I Need To Do?

To ensure you’re on the right track, there are a few essential steps you need to take. Let’s break it down:

  1. Begin by checking if you’ve any missing National Insurance (NI) years since 2006 🔍, NI years previous to 2006 are not available in this scheme. It’s crucial to review your record to ensure accuracy. To make it easier we’ve included the link to take you directly to the Government’s website: link to the official Government website.
  2. If you do find gaps in your NI record, it’s time to get your State Pension Forecast. Your State Pension Forecast provides valuable information about the amount of State Pension income you could potentially receive. To check your State Pension Forecast, click here: link to the official Government website. This will help you determine the projected State Pension amount based on your NI contributions to date and the potential income if you continue working until your State Pension age.
  3. Suppose you find gaps in your NI record. In that case, it’s essential to explore 🧭 whether you can fill them for free using NI Credits. You may be eligible for NI credits under various circumstances, such as:
    • Caring for a child in the family
    • Receiving statutory sick pay
    • Actively seeking employment while unemployed
    • Being eligible for employment and support allowance but not claiming it
    • Providing care for a sick or disabled person
    • Serving on jury duty while unemployed
    • Being wrongly imprisoned
    • Acting as a foster carer
    • Receiving statutory maternity, paternity, or adoption pay
    • Enrolled in a Government-approved training course

By looking into these options, you can identify if you qualify for NI credits to fill any gaps in your NI record.

Should I Pay To Boost My State Pension?

If you find yourself facing a potential shortfall in your State Pension and you have gaps in your NI contributions between 2006 and 2016, it’s crucial to act before the deadline of April 5, 2025 📅.

This deadline requires you to make a decision regarding whether to make additional contributions. Here are some factors to consider:

  • If you’re currently at or near the State Pension age, it’s relatively straightforward to assess the potential benefits of making additional contributions. If your State Pension amount is, or is expected to be, less than £203.85 per week, and you have no other means of filling the gaps, it would be a sensible choice to consider topping up your contributions.
  • If you’re older than 45 but are still a fair way off reaching State Pension age, the decision becomes more uncertain. In these cases, there’s a chance to naturally accumulate the required qualifying years through your continued employment. The younger you are, the more opportunity you have to earn enough qualifying years before reaching State Pension age ⏰.
  • You need about 35 full NI years to get the maximum state pension. This number will depend on your age and NI record so far.

Generally, for those under the age of 45, paying for full NI years may not be financially advisable. However, it could be worthwhile to explore if you can upgrade partial years at a lower cost.

If you have gaps in your NI record that you are certain you won’t be able to make up, such as due to relocation overseas, or if you genuinely have concerns about meeting the requirements and want additional peace of mind, it may be worth checking if you can upgrade any partial years in your record to full years. This could be done for as little as £15.

By carefully considering your age, projected State Pension amount, and the likelihood of naturally accumulating qualifying years, you can make a more informed decision about whether paying to boost your State Pension is the right choice for you.

So What Does This All Mean?

In a nutshell 🥜, State Pension Top Ups are a practical way to boost your retirement income ↗️.

By chipping in with voluntary contributions, you can build a stronger financial foundation for the future.

Now, it’s not a one-size-fits-all solution, but it does come with some nifty perks. Think increased pension payments, affordability, guaranteed income, and flexibility. Of course, you’ll need to consider if you’re eligible, your unique circumstances, and what you hope to achieve down the line.

Oh, and don’t forget to take a peek 👀 at your NI records and see if you qualify for any free credits to fill in the gaps.

Making an informed decision before the looming deadline is absolutely key. State Pension Top Ups can be a handy tool 🧰, but only if you evaluate everything carefully.

If you’d like further advice or help you can give us a call ☎️ on 01642 52 55 11  or pop into our Stockton Planning Rooms for a cuppa and a chat.

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