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I have worked all my life and only claimed my state old age

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I have worked all my life and only claimed my state old age pension when I reached 70. I could have claimed it when I was 65. Am I entitled to any back payment.
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  UKSolicitorJA replied 3 years ago.

You usually receive extra state pension for every period of 5 weeks in which you delayed claiming your pension. In your case, you delayed claiming it for 5 years and should be receiving quite substantial extra state pension and a lump sum payment possibly.

You should call DWP and ask them how much you are entitled to for delaying claiming your state pension by 5 years.

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Expert:  Clare replied 3 years ago.
You can calculate what you are entitled to (it is either extra pension OR a lump sum) here