If you’re a busy family carer, your pension is probably the furthest thing from your mind.

However if you’ve had to give up work, or take extended periods away from work because of your caring responsibilities, your entitlement to a State Pension (Contributory) may be affected.

This guide provides simple information to help you understand the pension system, and gives practical suggestions to help ensure you maximise your pension entitlement when you reach pension age.

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Carers & the State Pension Guidance Paper 2018

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