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Waspi escalates campaign

Women’s pension group plans mass mailing protest

Ros AltmannA campaign group demanding a fairer deal for women claiming to have been denied their full pension rights is to bombard a government department in the hope of triggering further action.

The Women Against State Pension Inequality group (Waspi)  is organising a mass-mailing to the Department for Work and Pensions in the hope it will lead to formal complaints to the Parliamentary Ombudsman.

It represents an escalation of the group’s action to compensate tens of thousands of women born in the 1950s who are due to lose out due to changes in the law.

Waspi wants the government to introduce phased payments for women who have seen their state pension age extended from 60 to 66, denying them thousands of pounds they expected to receive.

The complaint centres on what they claim was a failure to notify women born in the 1950s about changes in the state pension age first introduced in a a 1995 Act, amended in 2011.  The letter says the DWP is “guilty of maladministration in the way the changes have been introduced.”

A notice on the Waspi website says: “We want to cause such a high volume that it will further compel the Government to look in earnest at making remedy for the ‘grotesque disadvantage’ and financial loss we have suffered.”

Last week Ros Altmann (pictured) resigned as Pensions Minister, saying in her letter to Prime Minister Theresa May that the government had not “adequately addressed the hardship facing women who have had their state pension age increased at relatively short notice.”

She added: “They were not adequately informed. I also believe we must devote resource to widely communicating and publicising the coming changes to state pension age for both men and women.”

Frank Field, the chairman of the Commons Work and Pensions Committee, said women had been “grotesquely disadvantaged” by the changes.

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