Martin Lewis says everyone born in these years could get £6,100 handout

Martin Lewis has revealed that thousands could be eligible for a government handout of up to £6,100, but they need to act fast as the deadline is rapidly approaching.

The Money Saving Expert founder is urging individuals to check their eligibility and submit their claim as soon as possible. The new state pension, launched in 2016, applies to all men born after April 5, 1951, and women born after April 5, 1953.

If you were born after these dates, you might be able to claim additional National Insurance years. To do this, you'll need to 'buy back' any missing years from your record, which could be due to various reasons such as living abroad, not earning enough in a particular year, or taking maternity leave.


You can buy back missed years as far back as 2006, but this option will cease before April 2025. While this may seem like a long time, the process isn't quick, and you may need to save up to buy the years back.

Each year costs a maximum of £824 to claim back with the amount varying slightly over the years. However you'll receive about £329 back into your state pension per year meaning you'd be in profit in less than three years, reports the Express.

According to Martin, men and women could potentially gain around £5,400 and £6,100 respectively if they live an average life expectancy (due to women generally living longer). On his MoneySavingExpert website Martin shared: "While many have told me it can be a pain in the bum to get to speak to someone on these lines, once they do, most say it's brilliantly helpful."