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How caring for grandchildren can boost state pension

Grandparents who look after their grandchildren even just once a week may find it is enough to boost their state pension.

They can use a largely unknown rule to get credits on their National Insurance record, which then makes them eligible for a full state pension.

Paul Lewis from Radio 4's Moneybox programme told BBC Breakfast other relatives could also benefit - but there were three main qualifying conditions relating to the job status of the parent and the ages of the child and his or her carer.

  • 29 Aug 2013
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