Not all underpaid retirees will be contacted automatically, according to the state pension warning.


Not all underpaid retirees will be contacted automatically, according to the state pension warning.

The DWP is currently focusing on state pension underpayments because thousands of women did not receive the correct sums in retirement. Despite these attempts, some persons who are affected will not be automatically alerted about their repayments.

The DWP is prioritizing contacting impacted women, so state pension refunds will be due in the coming months. Money Helper, a public advising service, has warned that some claimants in particular circumstances will not have their payments updated and may need to take action.

The DWP is contacting concerned pensioners, however Money Helper has warned that, despite being underpaid, some people would not be informed automatically about state pension underpayments. Divorced women who attained state pension age before April 2016, and married women whose husband became 65 before March 17, 2008, could be affected.

As a result, Money Helper urges anyone who may fall into one of these categories to seek assistance from the Pension Service.

To acquire information on a state pension, record a change of circumstances, report a death, or ask any other inquiries about a state pension, contact the Pension Service. Call 0800 731 0469 to reach this service.

The service can also be contacted to make a claim for a state pension, obtain a state pension prediction, or inquire about eligibility.

According to Money Helper, in the past, it was possible to claim bigger state pension payments based on the National Insurance record of a spouse or civil partner, as well as the date they and their partner attained state pension age.

This is usually equal to 60 percent of their spouse’s or civil partner’s basic state pension. Women born before April 1953 are the most likely to benefit from this.

Prior to March 2008, they would have had to file a claim for any additional funds owed to them. The increased sums should have been issued automatically after March 2008.

However, it has been shown that many people were unaware they needed to file a claim prior to March 2008, and that the automatic process may not have worked properly since then.

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has noticed the issue and is working to resolve it.

In a statement to Parliament in March 2021, Guy Opperman, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Pensions and Financial Inclusion at the DWP, commented on the Government’s state pension “correction exercise.”

“Brinkwire Summary News,” according to Mr. Opperman.


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