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What the April 2024 State Pension increase means

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By Clare Yates • 10th April 2024 • 3 min read

State Pension now worth £221.20 a week

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Thanks to the Triple Lock, the State Pension has increased by 8.5%. It’s great news for pensioners across the country – but some could be faced with a tax bill for the first time in years.

The tax-free Personal Allowance – the point at which you start paying tax on your income – has been kept the same. So does that mean you will be paying income tax where previously you remained below the threshold?

What is the new State Pension level?

The State Pension is paid every four weeks to those who are eligible, based on a person’s age and how many qualifying years of National Insurance contributions they have paid.

Since 8 April, the UK State Pension now pays:

  • £221.20 a week, or £11,502 a year for the full, new State Pension (for those who reached State Pension age after April 2016).
  • £169.50 a week, or £8,814 a year for the full, basic State Pension (for those who reached State Pension age before April 2016)

You need the full 35 years on your national insurance (NI) record – made up of either NI contributions or credits – to receive the full new State Pension amount above. If you have 10–34 years built up then you’ll receive a proportion of the State Pension.

If you haven’t started receiving your State Pension yet, you can check your State Pension forecast here to see how much you might get.

What is the triple lock?

To protect the UK State Pension from the effects of inflation, it increases each year in April.  The current ‘triple lock’ system ensures that the increase is the highest of the following three measures: average earnings growth, annual inflation up to the previous September, or 2.5%. 

In September 2023, the average wage rose by 8.5%. As this is higher than 2.5% and the inflation rate of 6.7%, pensioners got an 8.5% boost for the tax year 2024/25.

Personal Allowance kept the same for 2024/25

It wasn’t all good news for some pensioners, however. Despite the new State Pension increasing, the tax-free Personal Allowance has not. This is the amount of income most people can have before they start paying income tax. 

Rather than rising with prices, the Personal Allowance has been frozen at its current level of £12,570 until the end of the 2028 tax year. 

This means that pensioners receiving the new State Pension plus more than £1,068 of additional income per year could be eligible for income tax where previously they were not. Others who already paid tax face paying more income tax this year.

According to the Institute for Fiscal Studies, over 60 per cent of pensioners receiving the State Pension now pay income tax, up from around 50 per cent in 2010. 

However, research by the House of Commons for the Liberal Democrats reveals that an extra 1.6million pensioners will be hit with income tax bills in the next four years as a result of the Annual Allowance freeze.

The table below shows that if the State Pension were to continue to rise at the 8.5% rate that it did in April 2024, the annual new State Pension income itself could soon exceed the Personal Allowance.

Potential impact of Triple Lock on income tax eligibility

Full new State Pension£11,502£12,480 (2024/25 amount + 8.5%)£13,540 (2025/26 amount + 8.5%)
Personal allowance£12,570£12,570£12,570

Of course, with inflation falling we could well see the Triple Lock increase fall below 8.5% in the next two years. However, any increase would potentially push more people into income tax.

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About Clare Yates. With over a decade’s experience writing about later life financial planning, Clare offers a wealth of knowledge about equity release, pension annuities, wills, LPAs and more. When she isn’t writing, Clare likes to spend her time baking and going on walks with her husband, two children and their rescue dog. Follow Clare on LinkedIn

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