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WASPI - Women Against State Pension Inequality - have been campaigning for years for pension justice after their pension age was raised with little or no notice, throwing retirement plans into chaos and plunging the women born in the 1950s who were impacted, into deep financial distress.

Recently the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman delivered a damning report which found the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) had been negligent in the way it had failed to properly communicate these changes but highlighted that the DWP “will not take steps to put this right” and that its refusal to comply with the Ombudsman’s ruling and recommendations that compensation should be paid to the victims of this negligence is “unacceptable” and that this failure “represents a constitutional gap in protecting citizens’ rights who have been failed by a public body…”

I secured a debate on this issue whilst the Tory Government and Labour are united (again!) in their refusal to even accept the principle of compensation for these women who have suffered immense hardship. Oddly, for years Labour politicians supported these women publicly but now – just as they have been vindicated – this support has been withdrawn, with Labour MSPs abstaining on calls for compensation for WASPIs in Holyrood last week and Sir Keir Starmer falling silent on this issue, just as his party prepares for victory in the Westminster election in England. This is despite the fact that Sir Keir himself has a law on the statute books to protect his own personal pension called The Pensions Increase (Pension Scheme for Keir Starmer QC) Regulations 2013. It is literally one law for him and another for WASPI women.

See my contribution below 👇


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