Number of age 60+ women in receipt of state pensions based on ex husband NI record

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

Please provide me with the number of women aged 60+ in receipt of a state pension based on their ex-husband's NI record. This is a pension based using the Reduced Rate Election rules.

Please provide me with the number of women aged 60+ who were divorced before retirement and receive their state pension based on their own NI record.

Yours faithfully,

Pauline Hinder

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

Please provide me with the number of women aged 60+ in receipt of a state pension based on their ex-husband's NI record. This is a pension based using the Reduced Rate Election rules.

Please provide me with the number of women aged 60+ who were divorced before retirement and receive their state pension based on their own NI record.

Yours faithfully,

Pauline Hinder

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Dear DWP freedom-of-information-requests,

I am concerned for divorced women who paid MWRE, then divorced were not offered or did not know they could claim on their ex-spouses NI record (to 2016) for a better pension than on their own record.

So
1) What efforts are being made to send targeted information about the 2 options all MWRE who have returned their MWRE and ticked reason for return as 'divorced' may be entitled to?

2) If the DWP has not contacted all those affected, the claimants may be underpaid pensions based on their own short NIC record. Or worse still, the DWP may write asking for NIC top-ups payments that are completely unnecessary as the claimant would be entitled to more pension, had she not remarried/in a civil relationship, on her ex's NIC record.

3) I wish to know
-how many women opted to pay MWRE to date,
- how many still have a current MWRE entitlement
- how many of all MWRE optants are still alive
-how many former MWRE who divorced and may be eligible under the RRE rules potentially for a better state pension.

4). As this MWRE group of contributors have been fully 'certificated and tracked' in all their employments, by employers the DWP should have 100% reliable and full reference records.

5) please fully explain the treatment of women who fit the RRE rules in both scenarios; ie their ex is living or if their ex is deceased.

Yours sincerely,

Pauline Hinder

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Dear DWP Strategy Freedom of Information,
Thank you. Await your reply.
Yours sincerely,

Pauline Hinder

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Dear DWP Strategy Freedom of Information,

Please respond using option 2 of your response; in other words using stats from women who are alive and have divorced or been widowed but had been MWRE and therefore may be entitled to State prnsion top up from their ex's/late husbands NIC record without needing to pay themselves.

Yours sincerely,

Pauline Hinder

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