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A state pensioner was “staggered” to obtain £77k from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) in a lump-sum error.

One aged Briton was awarded £77,000 after it didn’t robotically increase her state pension as soon as her husband had retired.

Tean Hatt, an IFA at Vizion Wealth, instructed FT Adviser how a shopper had come to him for assist along with his pension planning. His spouse was 73 and retired in 2011 aged 60, after working for his firm and being paid a low wage for “National Insurance purposes”.

Hatt stated this has been his “biggest win” for a shopper from the DWP in relation to a state pension.

Rules had been put in place by the DWP that meant married ladies over state pension age might declare an enhanced charge of primary state pension when their partner or civil accomplice reached state pension age in instances the place that they had solely a small primary state pension entitlement in their very own proper.

However, after a rule change, for any partner reaching state pension age after March 17 2008, the uplift to a married lady’s pension ought to have occurred robotically, with out the necessity for a separate declare.

If this didn’t occur the married lady might subsequently declare the uplift, which could possibly be backdated to the date her partner or civil accomplice reached state pension age.

The lady had retired in 2019 aged 65 however had not acquired an uplift nor was she conscious that she might declare for such a factor.

As a results of DWP’s “error” the lady was awarded the £130 per week which was backdated to when she retired at 60 by a lump sum of £77,393.

The DWP stated it has acquired greater than 700,000 instances just like this owing a complete of £571.6mn.