The basic State Pension is a regular payment from the government that you get when you reach State Pension Age (SPA). To qualify, you must have paid National Insurance contributions. The maximum level of State Pension you can currently receive is £113.10.

For individuals born after 6 April 1951 you will qualify for the new State Pension. The full new State Pension will be no less than £7,716.80 per annum. The actual amount will be set in Autumn 2015.

I recently retired after 17 years as Chief Executive of Support in Mind Scotland, a medium sized Scottish mental health charity.  The organisation has long recognised the importance of accessing independent financial advice prior to retirement and has had an arrangement with Corporate Benefits for a number of years to offer this service to its staff. In my personal experience, the company does exactly what it says on the tin! I was given very helpful, accessible advice.  Iain McCallum was not only proactive in his approach; he was also very responsive to any queries I had.  I was made aware of the various options available to me, including enhanced annuities.  As a result, I improved my net retirement income by 35%, a not inconsiderable amount. As well as receiving guidance with the personal pension arranged through my employer, I also benefited from assistance with the administrative process for other existing pensions. Overall, Corporate Benefits transformed what can be a stressful and confusing experience into one that was straightforward and easily understood.  I would happily recommend them to others.  
Mary Weir (former) Chief Executive Support in Mind Scotland