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Opperman again refuses meeting with WASPI

WASPI won an Ombudsman’s ruling on the case

Pensions Minister Guy Opperman has again snubbed campaign group Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) by declining a meeting on the issue.

Kerry McCarthy, MP for Bristol East became the latest to ask what discussions there have been with the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman who ruled last year that women born in the 1950s were victims of maladministration by the Department for Work and Pensions. Rupa Huq, Labour MP for Ealing Central and Acton, was given the same response last month. 

The group is campaigning for a one-off compensation payment for those women affected by the DWP’s failure to adequately communicate the changes to State Pension Age from 60 to 66 in time for women to make fresh retirement plans. 

Mr Opperman has already declined requests for a meeting and this week responded in parliamentary answer, saying that the publication of the Ombudsman’s stage two report is a matter for the Ombudsman and that it would not be appropriate to comment whilst the investigation is ongoing. 

WASPI chair and finance director Angela Madden said: “We are grateful for MPs such as Kerry McCarthy’s continued support for the WASPI campaign.

“Our members are understandably getting frustrated by Opperman’s stubborn refusal to engage with the issue and are beginning to conclude that the Government is just choosing to ignore the issue rather than rectify it when they can.”

See also: Plea to reinvest money saved by raising state pension age

9 Comments to Opperman again refuses meeting with WASPI

  1. Female born 1959. To this day I still have never received any written notification whatsoever of a change to my retirement age. Shocked when it began trickling through via media!!! Was this ok to just demand further working years and more national insurance for a further 6 years for the same expected outcome of state pension entitlement??

  2. It’s a disgrace, we left school at a young age to go to work and help build this country up again after the Second World War. I myself worked on a production line in a factory at fifteen. Then later on in life even though I paid my full share of tax and national insurance throughout the years I’m told a very short notice that I’ll have to keep on working another six years before I can retire. That’s a total slap in the face for us women in this age group. The government are stalling on this issue in the hope that most of us will pop our clogs.

  3. The money is one issue, but to me and so many others, we have also lost an extra 6 years of health to enable us to enjoy retirement to it’s full. Am I bitter – you bet!!!

  4. As a separate issue,but also affecting only women,the married womens contribution was sold to us as a money saver without any given information on the facts,that is pension payments reduced and based only on your husbands contribution so that even though I worked from age 18 to 68 I received £3 a week pension until my husband reached retirement age,no rights to sick pay and no right to use job centres for help.

  5. Its just unbelievable that we are still waiting! Absolutely criminal because,after all, it is OUR money!!! Makes me so very furious! Absolutely disgraceful behaviour! ? ? Very angry WASPI
    P.S. How can I get a badge please?

  6. Maybe the 1950s women should behave like every other group – strike!!
    Society would grind to a halt!

  7. Despicable, disgraceful treatment of women born in the 50s. Inequities throughout working lives then in my case 48k stolen from my pension entitlement.Remember this is not a benefit. We paid for it through our National Insurance throughout our working lives.
    Look at it this way, if i deposited 48k into my bank over 45 years of working then asked for it back….what do you think would happen if the bank said….where’s the money coming from?
    The government is treating Waspi women as cash cows for the Treasury. This is not our fault it is a result of maladministration. I was not informed at any point when i reached 60 that i would then have to work another 6 years.

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