Pension payment blunders by the HMRC dating back four decades mean tens of thousands of pensioners face income cuts while others could get an unexpected boost.
The errors have hit retired workers with both public and private sector pensions and could result in some seeing their retirement income drop by 50 per cent.
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The payment blunders have become apparent during a pension data clean-up, which began four years ago and will run till December. The government's data-checking exercise is the largest involving retirement benefits in UK history. It involves thousands of public and private sector pension schemes reviewing records held for millions of workers who 'contracted out' of a government plan that allowed them to build up an additional state pension.