New State Pension back pay timescale update for people due around £5,000 after historical errors
12.02.2024 - 13:03
The Treasury have confirmed that HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) started writing to older people whose National Insurance (NI) records may be affected by missing periods of Home Responsibilities Protection (HRP) in September 2023, inviting them to apply to fill potential gaps to ensure they receive the correct amount of State Pension.
Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Nigel Huddleston MP told the Commons on February 8 that HMRC is working with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to find people affected by the historic administration error over the next 18 months so that those eligible receive any arrears payments as quickly as possible.
Some 210,000 older people - mostly women - are due a share of underpayments totalling £1.3 billion, equivalent to around £5,000 each. DWP has also previously said that those closest to the State Pension age in their 60’s and 70s are being issued letters first, however, anyone who thinks they may have been affected can check their eligibility online using the self-identification tool on GOV.UK here.
Mr Huddleston MP told MPs that the main cause of the issue was that NI numbers were not always recorded when people claimed Child Benefit before 2000. The UK Government have estimated that around 210,000 individuals may have been affected by missing periods of HRP between 1978 and 2000.
He explained how HRP was a scheme that ran between April 6, 1978 and April 5, 2010 and reduced the number of qualifying years of NI contributions a person with caring responsibilities needed to receive the full Basic State Pension.
He said: “The main cause of the issue was that NI numbers were not always recorded when customers claimed Child Benefit before 2000. The UK Government have estimated that
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