How much the State Pension pays now and what it'll be worth in 2020

Those who receive the State Pension will get a healthy boost from April 2020. Read on to see how much the New and Basic State Pensions will be worth, and how much they currently pay.

The amount the State Pension will pay from April 2020 is set to rise at its fastest rate since 2012, with retirees receiving up to £342 more a year.

Official figures have confirmed that the State Pension will be worth 3.9% more from next year.

It means retirees on the New State Pension will see their weekly pay rise to £175 from April, while those on the Basic State Pension will get an increased weekly income of £134.

The rest of this article looks in more detail at how the State Pension will rise.

For those who need help bringing in extra cash after they've finished working, take a look at this guide to boosting income in retirement.

State Pension rises and the triple lock

At present, the rate at which the State Pension increases is calculated by what's known as the triple lock system.

In short, this means looking at the three figures of annual earnings growth to July, inflation as determined by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) in October, and 2.5%.

Whichever is the highest is the one that'll determine the following year's State Pension increase.

With annual wage growth by far the highest at 3.9%* – inflation came in at 1.7% – this will be the figure applied to the 2020/2021 State Pension.

Now let's look at what this increase works out to in pounds and pennies.

*This figure was initially stated as 4% before being revised down by the ONS.

How much the New State Pension will pay from April

As a result of our convoluted and, some would say unfair welfare system, there are two different State Pensions.

Those pensioners entitled to the full New State Pension will see their weekly payments increase by £6.58 from £168.60 this tax year (2019/20) to £175.18 from April 2020.

The change means they'll receive an extra £342 by the end of next tax year (up from £221 this tax year), with total annual income boosted from £8,767 to £9,109.

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How much the old Basic State Pension will pay from 20/21

How much the Basic State Pension will pay (Image: Shutterstock)

Those that receive the full old Basic State Pension will see their payments increase by a smaller £5.04 a week, rising from £129.20 this year to £134.24 in 2020/21.

The 3.9% increase means that, annually, these pensioners will get a total of £6,980.37 in 2020/21 compared to £6,718.40 this tax year – a rise of around £262 in pure cash terms.

Past State Pension changes

Here’s how the State Pension has been increased over the previous nine years.

 

How State Pension was uprated

Which part of the triple lock kicked in?

April 2012

5.2%

Inflation (CPI)

April 2013

2.5%

Guaranteed minimum

April 2014

2.7%

Inflation (CPI)

April 2015

2.5%

Guaranteed minimum

April 2016

2.9%

Average earnings

April 2017

2.5%

Guaranteed minimum

April 2018

3%

Inflation

April 2019

2.6%

Wage growth

April 2020

3.9%

Wage growth

Boosting your pension income

If you're struggling to make ends meet in retirement, it's vital you ensure you're getting all the help you're entitled to from the Government.

Sadly, it's pensioners on low incomes who are most likely to miss out in this regard, so we've put together this checklist of vital credits and benefits people can get in retirement.

If you've gone through the list and are still struggling financially, take a look at this guide to boosting your income in retirement and this piece on clearing debt

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