Woman wins back £82k after following advice given by money expert Martin Lewis

A grandmother has told how she has won back more than £82k from her dead husband's pension after following advice by money expert Martin Lewis.

Jill, 77, realised she might have a claim on her husband Robin's pension after she watched Martin's show three months ago.

She wrote to the pension office and then received a call from it telling her she was due back a jaw-dropping £82,100.

Jill said: "Much to my surprise I had a telephone call from a young lady, who said, in fact, I had been underpaid.

"That amount of money is… just incredible."

Martin described it as "unbelievable and "one of the biggest success stories he has ever had".

Jill, 77, married husband Robin 20 years ago and he was diagnosed with cancer two years later.

Her husband died in 2008 and after his death Jill received a state pension, Mirror Online reports.

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She didn't realise she had a claim on her husband's pensions until she saw Martin's show 12 years later.

Martin said  "hundreds of thousands of women" who "could be missing out on thousands of pounds on the state pension".

He said this is because married women who hit state pension age before April 2016 should get a minimum of 60% of their husband's state pension amount.

Martin said you've been underpaid you can get it backdated based on when your husband turned 65 – like Jill who had her claim backdated to March 2008.

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"With £82,000 at stake, it's worth spending time on," Martin said.

He pointed out there's a campaign by former pensions minister Steve Webb to get thousands as much as £80.45 a week on their pension.

He said this applies  to women who are now divorced or widowed or whose husbands are 65 or more who reached state pension age before 6 April 2016.

He told how some some have received more than £5,000 back as a result.

Martin said they have also seen their weekly payouts boosted from that point on.

They're missing cash as a result of the old system, according to Martin.

In the old system married women pay less national insurance than their husbands.

Entitled payouts are worth 60% of what their other half got in retirement but they had to claim it themselves.

Women over the age of 80 are also entitled to get their payouts boosted to this level but they have to pass a simple residency test first.

He said women and men aged over 80, can also get a top up – if they're being paid less than £80 a week.

He said they can get a boost up to this amount  backdateable until when they turned 80.

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