Free bus pass: How to check on when you’ll qualify as state pension age increases loom


Free bus passes can be received by people in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland when they reach the age of 60 but retirees in England will have to wait a bit longer. Those in England will only be able to get a free bus pass when they reach the female state pension age, regardless of whether they’re a man or woman.

Once this information is entered, users will be presented with an exact date for when they’ll qualify for a free bus pass if they live in England.

Additionally, users will be reminded free bus passes can be received from the age of 60 in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland and 60+ Oyster cards can be claimed by those in Greater London.


State pensions themselves can only be claimed where a person has a minimum of 10 years of National Insurance contributions under their belt.

To receive the full amount of £179.60 per week, at least 35 years will be needed.

Beyond this, payments will arrive once every four weeks.


Claimants may only get part of a payment before a full first payment but they will be sent a letter confirming what to expect.

The specific day a pension is paid is dependant on a person’s National Insurance number, with the final two digits determining when payments come through, as the following details:

  • 00 to 19 – Monday
  • 20 to 39 – Tuesday
  • 40 to 59 – Wednesday
  • 60 to 79 – Thursday
  • 80 to 99 – Friday


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