The earliest you can get the basic State Pension is when you reach State Pension age.
You need 30 qualifying years of National Insurance contributions or credits to get the full basic State Pension. This means for 30 years at least 1 of the following applied to you:
- you were working and paid National Insurance
- you were getting National Insurance Credits, eg for unemployment, sickness or as a parent or carer
- you were paying voluntary National Insurance contributions
If you have fewer than 30 years, your basic State Pension will be less than £113.10 per week but you might be able to top up by paying voluntary National Insurance contributions.