A very elderly client has received £53k in backdated pension - she is part of this DWP mess, whereby her pension was not increased to reflect what she was due after her husband died in 2008.
We have a letter from the DWP saying that her pension is being increased to £148 from 30 June 2008. There is then a schedule showing the extra weekly amount due for each year, the number of weeks in that year...and that all adds up to the £53k received.
The trouble is, the extra weekly amounts shown in the letter look way too high in relation to the stated "corrected" amount of £148. Her current pension is £127, so the missing weekly amount in theory should be £21, but the adjustment shown in the letter for this year is £92 per week. This is a similar level of discrepancy for all previous years.
Has anyone else seen any of these yet? Any other concerns that the DWP figures may be incorrect?
We will of course have to get into checking tax liabilities....but I'd like to be sure the amount received is correct first!