State benefits, pensions and related manuals

We have some useful questions and answers and 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.

Bereavement support payments

Bereavement Support Payment replaced Bereavement Allowance, Widowed Parent’s Allowance and Bereavement Payment. The benefit is paid at one of two rates depending on whether the claimant is responsible for children.

Employment and Support Allowance

Read our top questions on Employment and Support Allowance.

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.

State pensions

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.

Topping up your State Pension

There are various detailed things to think about when deciding whether or not it is worth topping up your State Pension.  This is explained in our  step-by-step guide to topping up your State Pension. We hope that it will be useful to you and clients who are considering boosting their state pension in a cost-effective manner.

GOV.UK calculators

New State Pension

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

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