Chris Evans MP has criticised the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) for their handling of the change in women’s State Pension Age.
The Parliamentary Health Service Ombudsman has found that from 2005 onwards, there were failings by the DWP to adequately communicate the State Pension Age to the women affected. Mr Evans has said that this disgraceful behaviour has led to many women who were not aware of the changes, and as a result have experienced emotional distress and financial loss.
The findings vindicate the years of campaigning by the Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) Campaign. Despite support across Parliament throughout the campaign, WASPI has been dismissed by Ministers.
WASPI now calls on the Government to urgently compensate all women affected rather than making them wait even longer while the PHSO completes further rounds of its investigation.
Islwyn MP said ‘The change of retirement age to 65 has had a profound impact and cost to the
lives of women born in the 1950’s’
‘The decision to do so in 1995 was a mistake and was made significantly worse by the lack of information given to the women effected.’
‘The failure of the Government and DWP to address these issues has gone on since 2011. WASPI women deserve a swift resolution given the reports findings.’
‘I hope today is a step in the right direction to finally bring justice for the WASPI women’