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Tuesday, 2 October 2023

The Over 80 Pension

The Over 80 Pension is a State Pension for people aged 80 or over who have little or no State Pension. Unlike other State Pensions, it's not based on National Insurance contributions.

Who is eligible?

You can claim if all the following apply to you:

  • are aged 80 or over
  • don't get basic State Pension, or your basic State Pension is less than £64.40 a week in 2012-2013
  • live in England, Scotland or Wales, and have done so for ten years or more in any continuous period of 20 years which included the day before your 80th birthday or any day after it

How much is it?

You will get £64.40 a week in 2012-13 if you don't get basic State Pension.

if you're on a reduced basic State Pension - you'll get the difference between this reduced amount and £64.40 a week in 2012-13.

How it's paid

All benefits, pensions and allowances are paid into the account of your choice, for example your bank account. This is the safest, most convenient and efficient method of payment.

If you're registered blind, or need a carer, you can get a helper to collect your pensions/benefits for you.

Effect on other benefits

The Over 80 Pension, as with all pensions, counts as taxable income, so it may affect other income-related benefits you're getting.

You must include the Over 80 Pension as income if you're claiming other benefits.

How to claim

If you are eligible and within three months of you 80th birthday, then you can get a claim form from your:

  • pension centre
  • local Jobcentre Plus

What to do if your circumstances change

If your circumstances change it could affect whether or not you're eligible for the Over 80 Pension.

It's important that you contact the office that deals with your payments if you:

  • go into (or leave) hospital or a health authority funded care home
  • go outside the UK to live abroad to live or for a long visit

Further information

If you have more questions about the Over 80 Pension, call The Pension Service helpline on 0845 606 0265. Lines are open Monday to Friday, 8.00 am to 8.00 pm.

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