DWP: £300m paid to right state pension wrongs

An exercise by the UK government to identify people whose pension should have been increased but did not, found that tens of thousands of people were due more money.

The UK-wide investigation, between January 2021 and February 2023, revealed that there were 46,716 pensioners earning less than £300m.

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In each case this resulted in a cash benefit and an average payment of thousands of pounds in back money.

It included 22,276 married retirees who received an average of £6,630 out of a total compensation of £147m.

There were 14,512 over-80s who earned an average of £2,710 for a total of £39m.

The 0,028 widowed pensioners received an average of £11,521 in the amount of £113m.

DWP said: “In 2020, the Department for Work and Pensions became aware of a number of individuals whose state pensions were not, in accordance with the law, automatically increased when it should have been.

“This prompted the department to take action to investigate the extent of the problem.”

In some cases, there were underpayments which meant an overpayment for other benefits such as the Pension Credit and the value of the overpayment was zero.

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