Tens of thousands of elderly female pensioners are set to miss out on life changing payments, the BBC has learned.
Angela Carr, 77, from Brampton, near Carlisle, believes she is owed up to 14 years of lost state pension.
But a law change in 2008 means she will only be able to recoup one year’s worth of the money owed.
“It just doesn’t seem right when so much time and money has been lost,” the farmer’s wife, from Cumbria, told the BBC.
The money “would make all the difference in the world,” she said.
An estimated 200,000 female pensioners are collectively owed up to £2.7bn after the under-payment of state pensions due to an error at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).
The problem relates to the “old” state pension system where married women who had a poor pension in their own right could claim a 60% basic state pension based on their husband’s record of contributions.