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Review state pension entitlements for all women who may have been underpaid

Submitted by Steve Webb on Monday 10th August 2020

Published on Monday 7th September 2020

Current status: Open

Open until: Sunday 7th March 2021

Current Signatures: 8,817
(count is updated approximately hourly)

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Compensation ~ concerns ~ Pensions

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Review state pension entitlements for all women who may have been underpaid

Petition Details

The DWP is checking its records to find women whose state pensions have been underpaid, but there are concerns these checks may not cover widows, older married women and the over 80s who may have be underpaid. DWP's search of its records must be comprehensive.

Additional Information

Under the old state pension, women could claim a pension based on the contributions of a husband, ex-husband or late husband. DWP has acknowledged that in some cases this did not work and women are being underpaid, and is checking to find these women and compensate them. But others may be missing out, including widows, certain older married women and the over 80s. DWP must check their entitlements and provide compensation for any underpayment, rather than wait for them to claim, one-by-one.


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