SDLP Mid Ulster MLA, Patsy McGlone has encouraged women to seek advice if they feel they are missing out on their state pension entitlement, following a written reply from Communities Minister, Carál Ní Chuilín.
The Mid Ulster MLA commented, “In recent months, I have been contacted by numerous women who have experienced a shortfall in state pension payments, causing them significant distress. In many cases, they have fallen into financial hardship through no fault of their own.
“I wrote to Communities Minister, Carál Ní Chuilín, to seek some clarity on the work the Department is doing to remedy this shortfall and ensure women are paid what they are entitled too.
“The Minister confirmed to me that despite proactive work by the Pensions Centre, a small number of women still fall through the cracks and miss out on what they are entitled too. I urge women who feel like they may have been impacted by this to contact the Pensions Centre and seek advice.
“I will continue to work closely with Minister Ní Chuilín to ensure as few women as possible are affected by this. I encourage women who feel they may have received a shortfall, to get in touch with the Pensions Centre and seek urgent clarity.”