The Additional State Pension is paid on top of the basic State Pension and is based on earnings. Known as State Second Pension (S2P) it was originally known as the State Earnings Related Pension Scheme (SERPS).

You may be eligible for the State Second Pension(S2P), also called Additional State Pension if you reached State Pension age before 6 April 2016 and started claiming the basic State Pension.

State Second Pension (S2P), is a way of saving extra  each week to top up your basic State Pension. When you're working, you pay extra National Insurance contributions which give you a higher State Pension when you retire.

You won't get S2P if you've opted out of it. You may have contracted out if you belong to a workplace pension scheme.

S2P is not a fixed amount. It depends on your earnings on which you paid national insurance contributions, and whether or not you were contracted out through your workplace or personal pension

A full explanation of S2P, including how much you might receive, eligibility, contracting out and how to claim is available at the GOV.UK website.

You won’t be eligible for the Additional State Pension if you reached State Pension age on or after 6 April 2016.

Instead, you’ll get the new State Pension.

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