DWP owes thousands of women up to £12,500 each with 'full list' confirmed

A full list of women owed up to £12,486 after being underpaid by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has been confirmed. More than 230,000 people, mainly women, are thought to have been underpaid their state pension from the DWP.

The latest figures from the DWP show 21,175 widowed women were underpaid their state pension and have received £12,486 on average back. Meanwhile, 32,474 over 80s have received £2,192 on average and 43,367 married pensioners got £5,713.

Sir Steve Webb explained: "The DWP announced at the start of March 2021 that they will be checking hundreds of thousands of pension records to see if people have been underpaid. This means that some married women, widows and those aged over 80 should get payments without having to take any action.

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"But other groups, such as married women whose husband turned 65 before 17th March 2008 and women who divorced after pension age, will still need to contact the Department if they want their pension to be reassessed. " He added: "This has helped us to identify other groups who may be missing out, and we have published a new report in response."

Groups who need to review their state pension include widows whose pension did not change when their husband died – when your husband died, your state pension should have been reviewed; you can inherit a basic state pension of up to £141.85 depending on your late husband’s contribution record, plus at least 50% of his additional state pension.

Widows who may have been underpaid while their husband was still alive should also check. If your husband reached pension age after 17 March 2008 and you received less than 60% of his basic state pension figure, you may have been underpaid.

Divorced women, whose pensions can take account of the contributions of an ex husband provided the woman has not remarried, also need to check. Those who divorced post retirement may be especially at risk of underpayment, Sir Steve said.

Those aged 80 or over also need to check regardless of their NI record.