Pensions Act 2016

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

1. The 2016 Pensions Act changed the minimum number of National Insurance contribution years from 1 to 10:

- How many people have reached pensionable age since the new Act came into force, have more than 1 National Insurance Contribution year, but less than 10 i.e. how many pensioners are excluded from receiving a State Pension based on the change in the 2016 Pensions Act?

- Can the number above be broken down by country of residence?

- Is this data available on the DWP database Stat-Xplore?

2. The 2016 Pensions Act also changed the number of National Insurance contribution years required to receive a full State Pension from 30 to 35.

- How many people above had their State Pension diluted as a result of the new Act? Example: If a person had 28 contribution years, then before the new act, they would have received 28/30ths of a full State Pension, but, after the new Act came into force, they would only receive 28/35ths , which is less proportionally than before the Act was introduced.

- Is it possible to break this down by country of residence?

Many thanks in advance.

Yours faithfully,

Nigel Nelson

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Dear Nigel Nelson,

I am writing in response to your request for information, received 1st
September.

Yours sincerely,

DWP Central FoI Team

Dear [email address] on behalf of DWP Strategy Freedom of Information,

Thank you for the information that you have provided me.

I have a follow up question, based on the Pensions Act enacted in 2016:

I have received a letter from the DWP and it mentions the possibility of receiving 40/35ths of the State Pension. Can you please explain the circumstances under which you can receive more than 35/35ths of the State Pension?

Yours sincerely,

Nigel Nelson

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Dear Mr Nelson,

I am writing in response to your request for information, received 26th
September.

Yours sincerely,

DWP Central FoI Team

Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Department for Work and Pensions's handling of my FOI request 'Pensions Act 2016'.

The latest response was exactly the same as the previous response, and the link provided did not answer my question. The question I raised is this:

I received a letter from the DWP that implied that, in terms of the Basic State Pension, it was possible to have more than 35/35ths - 40/35ths was explicitly mentioned because, at that time my NIC record showed 40 years. Given this information, I asked under what circumstances is it possible to have more than 35/35ths? And, as a corollary, I would ask how many UK state pensioners have more than 35/35ths? and as a second corollary, under the old system, was it possible to have more than 30/30ths, and, under what circumstances is it possible to have more than 30/30ths of the Basic State Pension, and as a third corollary, how many UK state pensioners have more than 30/30ths of the Basic State Pension.

I am only asking for factual information, and not opinion.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/p...

Many thanks

Yours faithfully,

Nigel Nelson

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