I can't find the answer to this on the gov.uk site anywhere. To get the full state pension you need 35 years of contributions. There have been a number of years in my life where I've paid maybe 20 weeks, 15 weeks etc. I realise that these cannot count as 'qualifying' years for the state pension, but what I don't know is if the contributions during those years are ignored altogether, or if the part-years are added together to create whole qualifying years. This actually makes quite a difference to me, as if they don't count, then the only way I can get the maximum pension is to carry on working and paying contributions right up till the new state pension age.