The service can give information on how much state pension one could get when they reach state retirement age, when they start receiving it, and how to increase the amount one will receive, if they can.
People who are already getting their state pension or have deferred their state pension cannot use this service, and those people will need to contact the Pension Service or International Pension Centre to find out more information about their pension, depending on whether they live in the UK or abroad.
The quickest way to get a pension forecast is by using the online tool, but people who will receive their state pension in more than 30 days from now can also get a forecast by filling in the BR19 application form and sending it by post, or calling the Future Pension Centre, who will then post the forecast out.
The value of the state pension varies depending on whether one qualifies for the new or basic state pension. The full new state pension is currently worth £179.60 per week, or £9,339.20 for a full year.