Don't leave checking your state pension statement until you are about to retire.
Like any large database that has been through many upgrades and system changes over many years, errors can occur and so for some people, the state pension statement can be wrong.
Checking this some time before retirement gives you time to correct any errors, or for some people, let's them see what they are likely to receive from the state and when, which is a big piece of them planning their wider pension and retirement plans.
It's easy to get a state pension statement, just go to www.gov.uk/state-pension-statement.
HM Revenue & Customs has claimed “no pensioners will lose out” due to faulty data supplied by their employers pension schemes. From this April the state pension will move to a flat-rate system, with some people receiving the full-flat rate, while others get a different amount based on their national insurance contribution record.