Published On: Fri, Sep 10th, 2021

State pension: DWP to clear backlog by October as thousands wait for first payment | Personal Finance | Finance

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will clear the backlog of state pension payments that have not yet been made to first-time recipients by the end of October 2021, according to Pensions Minister, Guy Opperman. Thousands of British pensioners are still waiting for their first payment after months of delays.

Mr Opperman reiterated that the issue will be dealt with by the end of next month at the latest, saying: “Normal service will be resumed by the end of October 2021.”

The Pensions Minister will be hoping that the redeployment of staff will be the plunger needed to clear the backlog, and the DWP has already taken on hundreds of additional employees during two recruitment drives earlier this year. Back in April, 360 people were hired to help alleviate state pension underpayment issues, with 183 more joining the DWP in July, which Mr Opperman said would “enhance our resources.”

The Government has plenty on its plate already in terms of trying to repair relationships with people of retirement age, following the controversial scrapping of the state pension triple lock and news of pension-age workers being made to pay for the 1.25 percent National Insurance hike. The scrapping of the triple lock means that pensioners will not receive the state pension increase of over eight percent that had been forecast based on average earnings growth.

This latest news of the DWP committing to clearing the state pension payment backlog may at least go some way to easing the concerns of pensioners in the UK regarding their treatment by the Government.

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