State pension update as thousands of Britons may be owed up to £60,000

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State pension payments are understandably vital to millions of people in later life. Many recipients will rely on the sum to support them after they depart from the workforce. For this reason, getting the full amount to which one is entitled is particularly vital.

Sir Steve Webb, partner at Lane Clark Peacock (LCP), stated a number of cases of underpayments have now emerged.

The former pensions minister said there were instances where people were owed up to £60,000.

Sir Steve penned a letter to the Permanent Secretary at the DWP, Peter Schofield, calling for further action.


The letter, in part, read: “The purpose of this letter is to ask you to expand the scope of this exercise to include two further groups where I believe there is evidence of administrative error. These are:

“Women (and some men) who were divorced at pension age but whose pension was not assessed on the basis of their ex-spouse’s contributions.

However, after recently making a claim, it was found she was entitled to over £140 per week, meaning a substantial back payment of over £60,000.

Other divorced women were also able to receive back payments in the thousands of pounds. 

Sir Steve added: “A series of individual cases has highlighted blunders which have led to divorced women being underpaid by tens of thousands of pounds, in some cases for a decade or more.

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“The Department has dismissed concerns around this group far too lightly and should take another look to assess the scale of the problem and then take action to put things right.”

People who believe they have been affected have been urged to take action on the matter. 

A DWP spokesperson recently told “We encourage people to contact us if they get divorced or their civil partnership is dissolved and every year we remind people about doing so alongside the uprating notifications we send out.

“We want everyone to claim the benefits to which they may be entitled and we urge anyone of state pension age – or their family and friends – to check if they are missing out on financial support. We apologise for the errors in the cases identified and have corrected our records and paid the arrears owed.”

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