State benefits, pensions and related manuals

Published  03 November 2022
   5 min read

We have links to information from a variety of sources relating to state benefits, pensions and related manuals.  To make it easier to find we've put it all on this page.

Child benefit

In certain circumstances, receiving the child benefit can result in a tax charge. This article looks at ways to reduce or eliminate the charge.

CPD | State Pensions and related benefits – what you need to know

In this webinar we investigate the pension concerns our technical team are regularly asked about, as well as the questions raised during our customer research.

State Pensions and related benefits – what you need to know

Contracting out

Since 6 April 2012, it has not been possible to contract out of the State Second Pension (S2P) using a money purchase or appropriate personal pension/stakeholder plan.  Since 6 April 2016, it has not been possible to contract out of S2P using a defined benefit scheme.

Guidance on charging for residential accommodation

Local Authorities may charge for the care they provide or arrange in residential care homes. The level of financial support they will give for this care can be affected by income provided, or that could be provided, from a pension plan.

England & Wales -  Care and support statutory guidance

Northern Ireland - Guidance on Charging for Residential Accommodation

Scotland - Charging for Residential Accommodation Guidance


HMRC manuals

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) produce a number of manuals for their staff. The guidance contained in these manuals is not comprehensive nor will it provide a definitive answer in every case.

HMRC newsletters

Periodically HMRC issue Pension Schemes Newsletters. These cover almost anything to do with pensions and contain useful information.

Pension Credit

Department of Work & Pensions (DWP) factsheet and guide on Pension Credit benefit.


State benefits

We have a long term, strategic partnership with Turn2Us, our flagship charity partner, to help more people build their financial resilience to life shocks.

Turn2Us provide a free, confidential and independent benefits calculator, helping people to find out which state benefits they may be entitled to. You can use the calculator on this page to see what help you could receive.

State benefit calculator

State pensions

Basic State Pension

The basic State Pension has been replaced by the new state pension. People who reached State Pension age before 6 April 2016 will receive the Basic State Pension.

New State Pension

The new State Pension replaced the basic State Pension in April 2016. Existing benefits will be protected.

State pension calculators - GOV.UK

State Pension factsheets

The DWP have produced a number of new State Pension factsheets.

State Pensions for women

Women born before 6 April 1953 may be able to claim an increase to their basic State Pension based on their spouse’s or civil partner’s contribution record.

State Pension guide

When the new state pension was introduced for those reaching pension age from 6th April 2016 it was intended to be much simpler than the system it replaced. In this guide we aim to explain how the new pension works, and how much you could expect to receive.

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