Are you able to inherit your other half's state pension when they die?

The state pension offers many retirees some welcomed financial support in their later years. However, this can only be claimed after you have reached state pension age. The amount you get depends on a number of things, such as the type of state pension: namely the basic state pension and new state pension. But, what happens after your die - are your loved ones able to inherit your state pension?

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Can you inherit your partner's state pension when they die?

The government website explains the rules on inheriting a state pension.

The basic state pension

Men born before April 6 1951, and women born before April 6 1953, can claim the basic state pension.

If this applies to your spouse or civil partner, following your death, they should contact the Pension Service.

If they don’t already get the full amount, they may be able to use your qualifying years to increase their basic state pension.

Should they have reached state pension age on or after April 6 2016, use the government tool to see what inheritance they may be entitled to.

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