Over 80 pension



What you’ll get

What you get depends on how much basic State Pension you get, if any.

If you do not get the basic State Pension or you get less than £80.45 a week, you could get the difference paid up to this amount.

You’re 80 years old and you get £45 a week State Pension, your State Pension may be topped up by £35.45 to £80.45 a week.


You cannot get the over 80 pension if you reached State Pension age on or after 6 April 2016.

You can claim the over 80 pension if all of the following apply:

  • you’re 80 or over
  • you do not get basic State Pension or your basic State Pension is less than £80.45 a week in 2020 to 2021
  • you were resident in England, Scotland or Wales for at least 10 years out of 20 (this does not have to be 10 years in a row) – this 20 year period must include the day before you turned 80 or any day after
  • you were ‘ordinarily resident’ in the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, Gibraltar, a European Economic Area (EEA) country or Switzerland on your 80th birthday or the date you made the claim for this pension, if later

Your eligibility for the over 80 pension is not based on National Insurance contributions.

How to claim

You can get a claim form from either:

The earliest you can claim is 3 months before your 80th birthday.

Further information

Effect on other benefits

The over 80 pension counts as taxable income, so it may affect other benefits you’re getting.

You must include the over 80 pension as income if you’re claiming other income related benefits.

What to do if your situation changes

If your circumstances change it could affect your eligibility.

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

  • move house
  • change your bank account
  • go into (or leave) hospital or a health authority funded care home
  • leave the UK to live abroad, or for a long visit

Report your change of situation to The Pension Service.

Who to contact if you have further questions

You can call The Pension Service if you have more questions about the over 80 pension.

The Pension Service helpline
Telephone: 0800 731 0469
Relay UK (if you cannot hear or speak on the phone): 18001 then 0800 731 0469
Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 3.30pm
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