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DWP mix-up means thousands of women issued £8,900 warning

today7 July 2022 10

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Thousands of women are being issued a warning to check their pensions. It comes as Department for Work and Pensions errors were discovered.

Some paid married women’s stamp – a reduced National Insurance rate – are now getting what they’re owed. Around 10,000 women are estimated to be subject to the rule.

It’s unclear how many are affected but some last year were underpaid by more than £1billion in total – just under £9,000 each, Birmingham Live reports. Pensions expert Steve Webb told the Sun : “We know that the DWP is making errors when assessing claims for the new state pension but it seems its is not checking for past errors.”

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Mr Webb said: “Any woman who has already claimed her new state pension and been told she has zero or low entitlement should check with DWP that she is on the right amount.” He continued: “Ideally DWP would identify all the women affected and contact them, but until they do so we need to rely on individuals doing the checking themselves”.

A DWP spokesperson said previously: “This year we will spend over £110 billion on the state pension and our priority is ensuring every pensioner receives all the financial support to which they are entitled. Where errors do occur, we are committed to identifying and rectifying them.

“We will respond to the letter in due course.” If you think might have been underpaid call The Pension Service (0800 731 7898) and ask for your state pension calculation to be reviewed.

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