Back pay of around £6,550 for thousands of women is due to be identified before the end of the year.
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) said it is on schedule to complete the underpayment correction exercise by the end of 2023. It comes after an estimated 165,000 State Pensioners were underpaid a total of £1.2 billion due to historical official errors.
This relates to married women, widows and people over the age of 80. The State Pension LEAP (Legal Entitlements Administrative Practice) exercise has so far also uncovered that around 210,000 people have been underpaid a further £1.3bn due to historical issues relating to Home Responsibilities Protection (HRP).
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It is mostly women who received Child Benefit before 2000 and whose National Insurance record was not updated to reflect periods of HRP they were entitled to who are impacted. HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) plans to start sending out letters to people who may be affected this autumn, the Daily Record reports.
The DWP has identified that the National Insurance records for 10 million people claiming Universal Credit have not been updated properly, and said a small proportion of these may have also been underpaid their State Pension.
In the latest report, DWP said: “As stated in last year’s Annual Report and Accounts, we are on track to complete the exercise for the customer groups Cat BL and Cat D by the end of 2023.
“We expect to see a continued increase in clearance rates in 2023-24, as additional resources join the exercise and complete their training and additional rounds of automation are completed in Summer 2023.”
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