WASPI demands action
PM urged to comply with pension change ruling
Women campaigning for compensation over changes to the state pension age have urged Boris Johnson to add their case to his list of “stuff that really matters”.
The Prime Minister said he wants to move on from recent controversies such as the Downing Street parties and questions over his leadership, and focus on issues of concern to the British public.
The Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) campaign represents women born in the 1950s who want Mr Johnson to comply with a ruling by the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO).
It found that the Department for Work and Pensions was guilty of maladministration in raising the state pension age at short notice. Some women received only 12 months’ notice of a six-year delay to their retirement.
“The Prime Minister now says he wants to ‘move on and focus on the stuff that really matters,” said campaign chair Angela Madden. “A serious part of that should now be to resolve this years-long injustice to women born in the 1950s.
“The Ombudsman is quite clear that there is nothing to stop government awarding fair, fast compensation now.”
WASPI has been campaigning for seven years for compensation for the mistakes made. Ministers refuse to discuss the issue with campaigners, claiming the Ombudsman must do more work first.
Research commissioned this year by WASPI showed that 220,000 women will have died by the end of this year while waiting for justice.
Ms Madden said: “We have had months and months of infighting from this government, and all the while they refuse to meet with our campaign.
“If Boris Johnson is serious about making a difference for this country, he should now be asking his ministers to listen to the 3.6m women affected by DWP maladministration.
“The first step is to sit down with us and talk about a resolution. That’s something the Prime Minister could make happen this week if he chose to.”
As the group chair, Ms Madden was awarded the Platinum Champion award by the Royal Voluntary Service over the Jubilee weekend.