The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman identified a number of “failings” in the actions taken by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) when communicating changes to women’s state pension age. I believe this adds to the case of the WASPIs for renumeration.
The Government stated in early 2021 that it will not revisit the state pension age arrangement and that there are no plans for any further transitional provisions. I hope that this changes following the Ombudsman’s findings.
As you will be aware, I have actively campaigned for renumeration. I have previously made representations to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions comprehensively outlining the concerns of the women in Newcastle East affected by the changes. At the last general election, I also campaigned for women born between 6 April 1950 and 5 April 1955 to be paid £100 for each week of entitlement lost, with financial redress being tapered for women born after this up to 1960.