I see that from 1st April this year (not an Aprils Fool joke!) that the amount of years in work you have to do to fully qualify is being reduced from 44 years to 30 (for blokes). So, does this mean then that if you've already paid NI for 30 years that you can stop chipping in? Can't seem to see what difference it makes if you can't claim it until you're 65 anyhow. I looked here: http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Pensionsandretirementplanning/StatePension/DG_069498 but couldn't find anything. I'm just hoping that I don't have to give the fuckers more money than I have to!