Stroud WASPI women welcome MPs support for pension compensation

WOMEN’S pensions campaigners in Stroud have welcomed a report by a group of MPs from all parties stating that 1950s women need to be given ‘fast and proper’ compensation.

The report, published in January by the all-party parliamentary group on State Pension Inequality for Women, has been sent to the the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman.

He is investigating maladministration by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) in not giving 1950s women adequate notice that their State Pension Age had changed.

“We are delighted that the MPs’ report has come out so strongly in favour of the maximum compensation.” said Elizabeth Stanley, Stroud coordinator for Women Against State Pension

Injustice (WASPI).

“They diligently sifted through mountains of evidence about the impact that the lack of notice had on women. They listened to us and really seemed to understand.”

The MPs concluded that not only has the maladministration impacted on women financially, but it has also caused ‘extraordinary emotional, physical and psychological distress, forcing women to endure a reduced quality of life’. The impact was ‘as devastating as it is widespread’.

The report also stated 1950s women ‘have faced horrific injustice and have been neglected time and time again’.

Over 7,000 1950s-born women in the Stroud constituency are now waiting for the Ombudsman to complete his report and recommend compensation.

Commenting on the situation, Stroud MP Siobhan Baillie said: “I have been consistently impressed with Stroud WASPI Campaigners.

“After discussions with them recently, I can see that they are still trying to find constructive solutions to what is a very difficult problem and has had a devastating impact on some women.

“I will be liaising with government as soon as there is a final proposal from the various campaign groups.”

The Stroud group can be contacted via email: strouddistrictwaspi@gmail.com

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