Mumsnet HQ Find the 5000!

(37 Posts)
viques Thu 08-Apr-21 08:57:24

I read an article on the BBC news page this morning (8/4/21) about very elderly women who have slipped through the DWP net and been denied the pensions they are due . By the DWPs own reckoning there are many women whose pensions are assessed at a paltry £1.00 a week although they are actually entitled to about three quarters of the amount of the standard pension as they qualify through their husband’s contributions. The DWPs own estimate is 5000 women who are entitled not only to the current pension but also entitled to back payments , sometimes of many thousands of pounds. The woman they cite in the article was entitled to over £60,000.

The DWP has admitted it can’t trace these women (ours not to wonder why since they are currently paying peanuts into their bank accounts) despite putting their own investigators on the case. Cynics amongst us might think they are hoping these poor women drop off the perch before the investigators get to them.

Well, I reckon the Mumsnet posse could do the job a lot faster. How about it MNHQ, is there any way we could start a campaign to publicise this, encourage posters to check with elderly relatives to see if they are eligible and get ball rolling.

Women have been shafted by the DWP in so many ways, it would be good to fight back.

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Oblongsquare Thu 08-Apr-21 10:07:55

Good idea.

viques Thu 08-Apr-21 11:39:11

Thanks “0blongsquare”

Bumping in the hope MNHQ are reading the boards this morning.

tbuwink

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picklemewalnuts Thu 08-Apr-21 11:46:05

I've reported your post Viques as it's a good idea- it's not something I was aware of. It does seem madness that gov. can't sort it themselves, mind!

viques Thu 08-Apr-21 11:52:10

Thanks “pickle”

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SquirtleSquad Thu 08-Apr-21 11:56:02

@JustineMumsnet

JustineMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 08-Apr-21 12:15:29

Hey Viques - this is a really interesting thought - we'd love to help if we can. We'll give it some thought our end about how we could spread the word. Meantime we'd love to hear if Mumsnetters broadly supportive. Thanks!

BewitchedBotheredandBewildered Thu 08-Apr-21 12:28:30

Yes!

Great idea OP.

Seeline Thu 08-Apr-21 12:32:23

Definitely!!

FlibbertyGiblets Thu 08-Apr-21 12:32:41

Absolutely yes.

DramaAlpaca Thu 08-Apr-21 12:33:22

What a good idea.

ICouldHaveCheckedFirst Thu 08-Apr-21 12:34:56

Brilliant idea. Any way to spread the word should be attempted.

Dinkydody Thu 08-Apr-21 13:26:56

Definitely

viques Thu 08-Apr-21 13:31:23

JustineMumsnet

Hey Viques - this is a really interesting thought - we'd love to help if we can. We'll give it some thought our end about how we could spread the word. Meantime we'd love to hear if Mumsnetters broadly supportive. Thanks!

Thanks Justine.

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itsgettingwierd Thu 08-Apr-21 13:31:58

Totally agree.

AgentProvocateur Thu 08-Apr-21 13:34:26

Yes, great initiative.

littlebillie Thu 08-Apr-21 13:54:50

I know one and I'm going to contact her

Anycrispsleft Thu 08-Apr-21 14:20:55

Brilliant idea.

TattiePants Thu 08-Apr-21 14:24:16

Excellent idea

LOLeater Thu 08-Apr-21 15:00:22

Very supportive of this 👍🏻

ItsNotNormalLove Thu 08-Apr-21 15:01:13

Yes! Fully support this idea, well done OP

TyneTeas Thu 08-Apr-21 15:02:40

Yes, great idea

LumpySpacedPrincess Thu 08-Apr-21 15:04:40

Fantastic idea!

StealthRoast Thu 08-Apr-21 15:05:22

This could be life changing for so many women!! Shall we share it on other SM ie Twitter etc? Families may well recognise a loved one who could be affected.

If these women owed the DWP money then you can bloody well bet they would be able to trace every last one.

ElizabethTudor Thu 08-Apr-21 15:06:04

Yes, great idea.

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