Requests DWP chief to meet WASPI to discuss State Pension Age report

George Galloway MP is calling on the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to meet representatives of Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) over a recent report. This report, completed by the Parliamentary and Health Services Ombudsman (PHSO) on 21 March, found that the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) did a poor job of communicating changes to the state pension age to women.

As a result, those affected may be entitled to compensation. The PHSO called on Parliament to “act swiftly” and put in place a compensation scheme, recommending compensation equivalent to Level 4 on its compensation scale, or between £1,000 and £2,950.

However, both the WASPI campaign and some MPs are pushing for the top tier award (Tier Six), which starts at £10,000.

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Last week, the newly elected MP for Rochdale wrote a letter to Mel Stride urging him to speak to WASPI campaigners about the report’s findings. Although Stride addressed the PHSO publication in Parliament on March 25, he said he was unable to comment on the findings until the 100-page document and accompanying recommendations had been fully digested.

In official correspondence, DWP Pensions Minister Paul Maynard MP said: “In tabling the report before Parliament at the end of March, the Ombudsman brought matters to the attention of this House and a further update to the House will be provided once the findings of the report were fully taken into account,” reports the Daily Record.

The same answer was given by Mr Maynard to Labor MP Stephen Morgan when asked about the DWP’s planned timetable in response to the PHSO’s final report.

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