From 6 April, the basic state pension age for women will increase to age 65.

Also, individuals who reach state pension age on or after that date will only need to have completed 30 years of National Insurance contributions (as opposed to the current position: broadly, 44 qualifying years for men and 39 for women).

Also with effect from 6 April, the 20% accrual band (band 3) in the state second pension will be abolished, with the effect that age-related contracted-out rebates paid in respect of members of personal pension schemes will be reduced.