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Now Extended Until 2025: Boost Your State Pension

By Questa Chartered

The opportunity of a lifetime has just been extended! Imagine being able to substantially boost your state pension and secure a more comfortable retirement. 

 

This top-up offer, originally set to conclude on July 31, has been granted an extension until April 2025. 

 

This extension is due to administrative turmoil at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), which means you now have even more time to take advantage of this incredible opportunity.

As reported in the This is Money:

Phone gridlock has forced the Government to extend a crunch deadline to buy extra state pension top-ups for a second time – the end date is now 5 April 2025.”

Boost State Pension: The Basics

 

Let’s start with the basics. 

 

The state pension is a weekly income provided to retirees, starting from the age of 66. The amount you receive is primarily based on your years of employment, earnings, and employment type. 

 

There are two types of state pensions: the ‘basic’ pension and the ‘new’ flat-rate pension. The former is for individuals who reached state pension age before April 6, 2016, while the latter applies to those who reached the age after this date.

 

To qualify for the full ‘basic’ state pension, which currently stands at £156.20 per week, you need a minimum of 30 years of National Insurance (NI) contributions. 

 

On the other hand, the ‘new’ state pension requires 35 years of NI contributions to receive the full ‘flat rate’ amount of £203.85 per week. It’s essential to note that any gaps in your NI record may result in a smaller pension upon retirement.

 

How to Strengthen Your State Pension

 

But don’t worry! There’s a way to strengthen your state pension and fill those NI contribution gaps. You can ‘buy’ missing NI contributions, essentially ensuring that your record remains complete. The cost to buy one week’s worth of NI contributions is £15.85, while an entire year’s worth comes to £824.20.

 

Now, here’s the interesting part: currently, £824.20 can boost your state pension by £275 annually. And starting from April, this figure will rise to £303. Over the course of a 20-year retirement, this amounts to a significant £6,060. 

 

These rates apply to Class 3 contributions, which is the most common type paid by workers.

 

For self-employed individuals, the Class 2 NI rate is typically applicable, costing £163.80 for a year’s worth of contributions. This option offers a more affordable way to fill NI gaps while still providing the same boost to your state pension.

 

Reasons for NI Contribution Gaps

 

Now, you may be wondering why you have gaps in your NI record in the first place. Various reasons could contribute to this situation. Perhaps you worked part-time and earned less than the NI payment threshold during certain periods. Or maybe you took time off work to care for children or elderly parents, which resulted in a gap. 

 

Other common reasons include living or working abroad for a significant period or being self-employed and making insufficient profits to warrant NI payments in certain years.

 

Why Should You Consider this Opportunity?

 

So, why is this offer so compelling? 

 

The numbers work out like this: you could spend up to £8,000 to secure an impressive £55,000 boost to your income over a 20-year retirement period. That’s an investment that pays off handsomely!

 

And now, with the extended deadline until April 2025, you have even more time to seize this generous opportunity and significantly enhance your state pension.

 

Plan for a brighter future, secure your retirement and enjoy the peace of mind that comes with a strengthened state pension. Start now and reap the rewards for years to come.

If you want to create a secure financial future for you and your family, we would love to help. Contact Questa today.

 

 

 

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