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but people will no longer be able to get extra by paying into the State Second Pension (S2P).

The transition arrangements, for people who have already paid some SERPS and S2P but who did not reach state pension age until after April 2016 are quite complex.

The whole basis of the state pension changed in April 2016.

The basic level has gone up to £155.65 per week, which will rise according to the triple lock (the highest of inflation according to the Consumer Price Index, average earnings or 2.5%, whichever is the highest) each year.

The most obvious public sector benefit is probably the State retirement pension that currently starts at 65 for men.

Everyone aged 75 or over can get a free TV licence for their main home.

If you are on a low income, have few savings and/or are disabled, you could benefit.

The rules and conditions are fairly complex but you can find help at . This rule applies to people of all ages, but tends to be especially relevant to older people, many of whom do live alone.

When the other partner also reaches the qualifying age you both get £100.

There is a cut-off date in the first year in which you receive it which is effectively the 6th September.

Go to the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) website () and the Pension Service one to discover more about these.

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