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STATE PENSION: Campaigners have launched the next stage in their campaign, as they call on the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to use their records to track down all the women who are missing out and receiving underpaid state pension payments.

PUBLISHED: 08:22, Wed, Sep 16, 2020 | UPDATED: 08:24, Wed, Sep 16, 2020

Pressure on the Government when it comes to the issue of women who have been underpaid via their state pension payments has risen, following the tabling of a new petition on Parliament's website. The petition has ben tabled by LCP partner and former pensions minister Sir Steve Webb.

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It calls on the government to use its records to identify all of the women who are being underpaid.

Currently, the government has said that it will check its records to find those affected in one specific group of women.

These are married women whose husband reached state pension age after March 17, 2008, and whose state pension should have automatically increased when he retired.

The government has promised to report back on how many women it has found and how much it has paid out.

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State pension UK: Couple looking at finances in picturesState pension UK: Women are being urged to check for underpaid state pensions (Image: GETTY)

State pension UK: DWP sign in picturesState pension UK: The DWP is checking for a certain group of women (Image: GETTY)

However, campaigners are urging the government to check for a wider group of women who may be missing out.

These include:

Widows who were underpaid as married women but are now on the correct rate; Widows who are still not getting the correct rate because account has not been taken of their late husband’s contributions; The widowers and adult sons and daughters of deceased married women who did not get the correct rate when they were still alive; Over 80s who should be getting a non-contributory ‘Category D’ pension at £80.45 per week but may be missing out; Older married women

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