Mothers could have missed out on £1billion in state pension say DWP - The Evesham Observer

Mothers could have missed out on £1billion in state pension say DWP

Evesham Editorial 6th Jul, 2023   0

MOTHERS may have been underpaid about £1billion in state pension owing to information missing from their National Insurance (NI) records.

Since 1978, the system has included credits for parents who took time out of employment to bring up children.

Until 2010, this was known as home responsibilities protection (HRP), but it may be missing from some NI records.

People who may be affected will receive letters from the government as part of a campaign to correct the issue.

Some people affected may have died and their families will be entitled to check their eligibility and make a claim for any arrears.

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and HM Revenue and Customs are working together to find people affected and correct their records so they receive the right amount of state pension.

There are high levels of uncertainty over the amount that could have been underpaid. This could range from £300m to £1.5bn, the DWP has said.


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