In the 6 months after the launch of the new State Pension in April, more than 1.5 million personal State Pension forecasts were issued. This compares to the 860,000 State Pension forecasts issued in the previous 12 month period.
Eighty percent of the forecasts requested were viewed online.
‘Check your State Pension’ was made available to the public on 11th February 2016. In that month it received 18,000 visits, but by September 2016 this figure had risen significantly to 343,000. Anyone of working age can use the service to access their State Pension forecast. It provides a personalised estimate of what they may receive and highlights any gaps in National Insurance contributions, and whether these can be filled with voluntary contributions.