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State Pension payments after the death of a spouse or partner - inheritance rules and who can claim

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State Pension provides essential financial support every month for around 12.6 million people across the UK, including 981,399 Scots and for some, it is their only source of income during their retirement years.

This regular payment is delivered by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and is available for those who have reached the UK Government’s eligible retirement age, which increased to 66 for both men and women in October 2020.

People eligible for the full, new State Pension currently receive £179.60 per week while anyone on the 'old' basic State Pension (category A or B), is paid £137.60 per week.

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