The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) “must act with utmost urgency.” to help WASPI women once the state pension system changed.
An MP has warned that the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) must act with “utmost urgency” to help WASPI women affected by changes to their state pension age.
In his response to the Parliamentary & Health Service Ombudsman’s (PHSO) findings, Scottish National Party (SNP) MP Brendan O’Hara calls on the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to correct faults that led in 3.8 million women throughout the UK being unaware of changes to the state pension. According to the PHSO assessment, the government agency failed to consider the need for particular and targeted communication on changes in state pension age for women born in the 1950s.
Furthermore, the DWP was accused of “maladministration” in the study since it continued to pursue the same approach despite realizing that their previous response was ineffective.
It criticized the DWP’s measures from 2005 onwards as insufficient, and the report has now been sent to Parliament for further scrutiny.
PHSO Chief Executive Amanda Amroliwala said in a statement that the department “failed to act swiftly enough after it became clear that a considerable proportion of women were unaware of the changes to their state pension age.”
She also stated that the Department of Work and Pensions “should have responded to the women affected at least 28 months earlier than it did.”
Sunak has warned that the triple lock must be removed from the state pension system.
The changes and lack of information impacted 6,700 women in Mr O’Hara’s own electorate of Argyll and Bute.
WASPI (Women Against State Pension Inequality) is one of many national organizations that have criticized the government on this topic.
“These mistakes have had a tremendous impact on the lives of so many women in my district, generating untold anxiety and stress for them and their families over their financial future,” the SNP MP wrote in a letter to Therese Coffrey, Secretary of State for DWP.
“It is therefore critical that you and your department address the findings in the PHSO report to ensure that all of the women affected by these changes receive justice.”
The legislator emphasized his support for the WASPI campaign as well as his commitment to closing the gender pension gap.
“The SNP has worked to ensure fairness for the women impacted by the changes to the State Pension age and has constantly lobbied on their behalf,” Mr O’Hara added.”Brinkwire Summary News.”