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500,000 mothers missing out on pensions

A large number of women are suspected to be missing out on the full pension they are entitled to because of a flaw in recording their details, according to the Liberal Democrats.Steve Webb, who is in charge of the Lib Dems' manifesto, says that up to 500,000 women could be affected but he is appealing to the government to find out exact figures.Speaking on Radio 4's Money Box programme, Mr Webb said: "A group of people we are talking about are women who are now in their sixties or early seventies, women who had a child born sometime in the mid-sixties onwards who are now drawing a pension that is less than the full basic state pension."He went on to explain that there was a system in place that was designed to help their pensions rights for the years that they weren’t working and were drawing child benefit."Essentially the point is that we don’t think that government computers in the 1980s, in different departments, were talking to each other given that they can't get it to work 25 years later," he said.

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