There was very little tinkering with the state pension in this year's spring budget, with a 2.5% rise as guaranteed by the 'triple lock' promise. The new flat-rate state pension was introduced in April 2016, designed to simplify the state pension system.
You'll get it if you're a man born after April 6, 1951, or a woman born after April 6, 1953. It's calculated only on your National Insurance contributions (NICs). You need 35 qualifying years of NICs to qualify for the full new state pension, with a minimum of 10 years' contributions to qualify for any pension at all.
Qualifying years don't have to be paid consecutively and you can 'buy' some missing years voluntarily. Each year of NICs adds £4.45 a week to your pension, based on current prices.
You get a state pension even if you have a company or private pension, though you may have to pay tax on some of it if your total income is more than your annual personal allowance.
The earnings-related part of the old state pension for employed people, called the Additional State Pension, isn't part of the new state pension system. But if you reached state pension age before April 6, 2016, you'll still receive a state pension under the old rules.
That means a basic state pension plus top-ups for some people, like pension credits for low-paid workers, or an Additional State Pension (formerly known as SERPS). The basic state pension for 2016-17 is £119.30 a week, rising by £3 to £122.30 for 2017-18.