How to get your State pension forecast.
The National Insurance contributions you make over your working lifetime go towards your State Pension in retirement. How to apply for national insurance number? In these turbulent financial times, current wisdom would suggest that we make regular reviews of our pensions and savings plans, put in place for our retirement. More and more of us, it would seem, are expecting to retire early, with figures produced by the Office for National Statistics back in 2006 showing that 33% of men and 55% of women expected to retire before the age of 65. Juxtaposed to this, figures also showed that 47% of people had no idea what their retirement income would be, with only 10% of people having a good idea of their retirement income. A State Pension forecast should give you an idea of the income you might expect in retirement.
What is a State Pension forecast?
A State Pension forecast, is a service offered by the Department of Work and Pensions, to give you an idea of the retirement income you may receive from your State Pension. The Financial Services Authority (FS who authorises and regulates the financial services industry in the UK, recommend that once you have started a pension or any other form of retirement savings, you should keep them under regular review. Every year you should receive a pension statement from each of your pension providers showing you how much pension income you may receive, based on the current value of your pension fund and taking into consideration; future payments, how the funds might grow and the effects of inflation. Don’t forget this is only an illustration and there can be no guarantee how funds may perform in the future, but it will give you some form of indication.
What will my state pension forecast include?
Your State Pension forecast will give you information on what retirement income you might be eligible to receive on reaching retirement age.
An estimate of your Basic State Pension.
An estimate of your State Second Pension (formerly known as the State Earnings-Related Pension Scheme – SERPS)
What will my state pension forecast tell me?
The number of years you have been paid or have been credited with National Insurance Contributions know as the number of qualifying years.
An estimated current value of your State Pension, based on your National Insurance record to date.
An estimate of the State Pension income you are likely to receive at State Pension retirement age, based on what you have already paid and any future payments that you are likely to make or contributions that you are likely to credited with.
An estimate of how much you could increase your State Pension by if you put off claiming for it until after State Retirement Age
What could be done to improve your Basic State Pension
The effects a company pension or personal scheme will have on your State Second Pension
Whether you can include the use of National Insurance Contribution made by a late or former spouse or civil partner.
How do I get my State Pension forecast?
You can make an application for your State Pension forecast either online, by phone or by post. In order to make an online application you must live in the UK, be more than four months from receiving your State Pension and not widowed. For applications made by phone or post again you must ensure that you live in the UK and are more than 30 days from State Pension age. When you do apply by phone or by post, if you are within the 30 days your application will not be able to be processed. A postal application form BR19 can de downloaded from the direct.gov website.
What information will I be asked to supply?
When making your application you will be asked to supply the following information:
Your National Insurance number (NI) and the National Insurance number of your spouse or civil partner.
What types of contributions you are paying depending on your employment status.
Particulars on marriages, civil partnerships and annulments.
Whether or not you have spent time working outside of the UK.
Details of your current salary.
What if I don’t understand my State Pension forecast?
Understanding your State Pension forecast is important. If you have problems understanding it or for more information visit www.direct.gov.uk