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State pension age update: Fresh hope for WASPI as MPs back campaign for compensation

The state pension age for women was increased from 60 to 65 in line with the state pension age for men, and now stands at 66. Controversy has surrounded the changes as women have argued they were not given sufficient notice.

A new report from the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) has backed claims from campaign groups such as Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) that women should receive compensation for maladministration.

The key findings of the APPG report read as follows: “The impact of DWP maladministration on 1950s-born women has been as devastating as it is widespread.

“The APPG believes that the case for category six injustice is overwhelming and clear. Women have had their emotional, physical, and mental circumstances totally obliterated by a lack of reasonable notice.

“These impacts must be addressed, if we are to reach any kind of conclusion regarding this injustice.”

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“To develop and promote policy solutions to support 1950s women and their families who do not have access to their pension and are therefore facing mental and physical health implications.”

“Feed the views and experiences of 1950s-born women into future policy decisions relating to state pension and welfare.”

The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) previously found that in 2005, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) failed to make a reasonable decision about targeting information to the women affected by these changes.

It also found that In 2006, the DWP proposed writing to women individually to tell them about changes to state pension age but failed to act promptly.

It read: “WASPI warmly welcomes the submission from the APPG, to the PHSO. The conclusion matches what we as a campaign have been saying for some time.

“The PHSO reported in July 2021 that maladministration by the DWP was found regarding the lack of notice women received about an up to a six-year increase in their State Pension age.”

“This left the women with no time to make alternative arrangements.

“WASPI has been campaigning for six years on this issue, and it’s time the Government accepted its failings and agreed fair and fast compensation of a historic injustice for 1950s women.”

Express.co.uk has contacted the DWP for comment.




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