Martin Lewis: 200,000 women could be due thousands on their pension

According to Martin Lewis, a total of 200,000 women could be owed thousands of their state pensions.

The money-saving expert gave advice on ITV’s latest edition of the Martin Lewis Show.

On today’s program, he said women affected could repay an average of £ 13,500 on their state pensions.

That’s because many women may have been underpaid.

Lewis said on the show tonight, “This is for married women and widows who were underpaid, aged 67 or over, and whose state basic pension was less than 60 percent of their husband’s pension.

“What happened is that the Department of Labor and Pensions announced that it will automatically receive a refund and backdate. It will be contacting those who should have received it over the next few months, but a computer glitch meant they had it haven’t done that, and that’s a lot.

“Husbands 65 on or after March 17, 2008 and you’re on the 60 percent? That’s you.

“No survey when your husband died and you should have one? They will get in touch with you and a few other categories automatically.

“However, some people have yet to file claims. If your husband turned 65 before March 2008 and you are receiving less than 60 percent of the state basic pension, you need to contact him.

“If you got divorced after you retired and your pension was less than your ex-husband’s, you need to contact him.

“I know it’s complex. There are free guides and tools online, and then you call Pension Service to check it out.”


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