Some 130,000 older married women may owe up to £ 100 million in state pensions after government mistakes are exposed
- Older women may owe up to £ 100 million after government mistakes are exposed
- Survey suggests that about 130,000 are receiving less than they should
- Some women were wrongly reassured that they were paid enough
About 130,000 married women may not benefit from a higher state pension, an investigation found.
Older women are feared to owe up to £ 100 million after government mistakes are exposed.
Retired married women may receive a state pension based on their husband’s work history.
But a former pension minister’s investigation suggests that about 130,000 are receiving less than they should.
Some women were also reassured that they were paid enough, but the Department of Labor and Pensions (DWP) later admitted that they owed thousands of pounds.
Some women were even reassured that they were paid enough, but the Department of Labor and Pensions (DWP) later admitted that they owed thousands of pounds.
Experts are asking the government to investigate the number of missing people and give them what they are entitled to.
This comes after some women born in the 1950s had to wait up to six years for their state pension when the government raised the age from 60 to 66.
This decision cost 3.8 million women up to £ 50,000 each in pension.
The new scandal concerns married women who reached public retirement age before April 2016.
They are entitled to 60% of the state pension their husband receives.
The increase dates back to a time when many other women were financially dependent on their husbands and did not pay enough national insurance contributions to receive a full pension.
Before 2008, married women had to claim the additional income themselves when their husbands started receiving their pensions.
From that point on, the DWP was supposed to automatically pay for the upgrade.
But former pension minister Sir Steve Webb said the figures suggested that around 130,000 married women – whose husbands received the state basic pension of £ 134.25 a week – were receiving pensions below £ 80.45 per week they should receive.
Former Pensions Minister Sir Steve Webb campaigns for state pension equity
This comes after This Is Money, the personal finance section of MailOnline, recovered thousands of pounds for married readers when the site discovered they were underpaid.
Sir Steve, a former Lib Dem MP, said: “ It is really shocking that thousands of women are being deprived of their state pensions.
“The system is very complex and few will be aware of the special rules for married women.
“It is time for the DWP to take this matter seriously and launch a full investigation.”
Sir Steve, now a partner with Lane Clark & Peacock, a retirement consultant, said widows and divorces could also be missed as they are also entitled to a pension rate based on contributions from their husbands.
Jean Hayes, 75, should have seen her pension drop from £ 60.72 per week to £ 77.45 when her husband Richard, 77, retired in 2008. The DWP said she was receiving the correct amount .
However, the mother of two, Mrs. Hayes, who lives near Andover in Hampshire, has now received £ 8,822.41 after the department admitted that she has been paying him a lower rate for 12 years.
The retired retailer said, “ I’m glad I finally got it back, but I’m upset because I could have done with this money when I had the right.
“I could have had a better vacation, now I may be too old.”
A spokesperson for the DWP said: “We are aware of a number of cases where individuals have been underpaid from the state pension.
“We reimbursed the people concerned as soon as errors were identified.
“We are looking for other cases and if so, the rewards will be reviewed and all arrears will be paid.”
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