State pension: Can you inherit your spouse's state pension? How much can be inherited?

State pension top up

Should one have topped up their state pension (between October 12, 2015 and April 5, 2017), the spouse or civil partner may be able to inherit some or all of the top up, states.

Inheritance: New state pension

It may be that a person is able to inherit an extra payment on top of their new state pension if they are widowed.

However, an individual cannot inherit anything should they remarry or form a new civil partnership before they reach state pension age.

Inheriting Additional State Pension

If a marriage or civil partnership began before April 6, 2016 and one of the following circumstances applies, then a person may inherit part of their deceased partner’s Additional State Pension.


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