Can I claim some of my late husband's pension?

Published by on 14 January 2016.
Last updated on 14 January 2016

Pension bereaved


"What you are able to claim will depend on when you reach state pension age. If you reach state pension age before 6 April 2016, you will be able to claim state pension based on your husband’s national insurance (NI) contributions when you claim your own pension.

However, if you reach state pension age on or after 6 April 2016, you will have to claim the new flat-rate state pension, and you will not in general be able to claim on the NI record of your late husband.

However, if your late husband had built up an Additional State Pension, you may be able to inherit part of that if you reach pension age after 6 April 2016, and it would be paid with your state pension.

There is more information on the website about this subject, including when and how to get a pension forecast.

I also suggest that you contact the Pensions Advisory Service at, which can provide comprehensive and impartial guidance on pension matters."

David Samson is a welfare specialist at Turn2us

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