OVER 80 PENSION: It is for men born before the 6th of April 1951 and women born before the 6th of April 1953.
You must have already reached the age of 80 years old to qualify.
Eligibility also means you get a basic State Pension less than £85 a week, or you do not get any basic State Pension.
Those who meet the qualifying criteria can get up to £85 a week during the tax year 2022 to 2023.
The UK State Pension for 80 year old will pay the difference up to this amount. But, the exact amount you get will depend on how much of the basic State Pension you get (if anything).
Example: After celebrating your 80th birthday you get £45 a week State Pension. In this case your State Pension could get topped up by £40 to make a total of £85 a week.
Over 80 State Pension Eligibility
To be eligible for claiming the over 80 pension all these must apply:
- You are at least 80 years old.
- Either, you do not get the basic State Pension or the amount you get from it is below £85 a week (tax year 2022 to 2023).
- You were resident in England, Scotland or Wales for at least 10 years out of 20. The ten years do not need to be consecutive (in a row). The 20 year period must include the day before you turned 80 years old (or any day afterwards).
- You were ‘ordinarily resident’ in the UK, Isle of Man, Gibraltar, Channel Islands, a European Economic Area (EEA) country or Switzerland on your 80th birthday. It can also be the date you made the claim for this pension payment (if it is a later date).
Note: Eligibility for the over 80 pension is not based on your National Insurance contributions. But, you will not qualify if you reached State Pension age on or after the 6th of April 2016.
How to Claim State Pension Over 80
Further Guidance and Information
Over 80 State Pension Effect on other Benefits
Because the over 80 pension counts as taxable income it may affect some benefits for pensioners over 80. Thus, include any money from it as income if you claim other income related benefits.
If Your Situation Changes
A change in circumstances might affect your eligibility for the payments. Contact the office dealing with your pension payments if:
- You move house.
- You change your bank account.
- You go into hospital, leave hospital, or go into a health authority funded care home.
- You leave the United Kingdom to live abroad (or you go overseas for a long visit).
Note: You must report a change of situation to The Pension Service. You can also call The Pension Service if you have any further questions about the over 80 State Pension.