Up to 40,000 North Staffordshire women owed WASPI compensation - here's where

Women Against State Pension Injustice (WASPI) has been campaigning for a decade -Credit:Manchester Evening News
Women Against State Pension Injustice (WASPI) has been campaigning for a decade -Credit:Manchester Evening News

Almost 40,000 WASPI women in Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire are still waiting to find out if they will ever get compensation - and our map shows how many are affected where you live. Across the county as a whole, the figure is nearly 70,000.

Stone has the highest number of WASPI residents, with an estimated 6,140 living in that constituency, who could ultimately receive a share of between £6.1m and £18.1m in compensation.

The Government has so far failed to say if any compensation will be paid to millions of women born in the 1950s who were affected by the change in pension age from 60 to 66. The Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) campaign group has called this an “injustice” that meant many were forced to delay retirement plans without any warning.

An ombudsman has recommended that affected women receive an apology and compensation of between £1,000 and £2,950. But this week Mel Stride, the Work and Pensions Secretary, repeatedly refused to say if a decision would be made before the general election.

Pressed by Ed Balls on Good Morning Britain on what happens next, Mr Stride said there were "strong feelings" for and against awarding compensation. He said: "There'll be no undue delay in us coming forward, but I do want to have sufficient time. There are very strong feelings about this on all sides of the argument as to whether compensation should be paid or not."

And Mr Stride told the Today programme: "I'm not going to put a precise time limit on it, but we do need to look at these things very carefully. I think I owe it to everybody to really make sure that the guiding light in this process is that it is thorough, and that it is conclusive because it has gone on for an awfully long time.”

But while the wait for compensation drags on, campaigners say a WASPI woman dies every 13 minutes. Research from the House of Commons Library estimates that 37,010 North Staffordshire WASPI women were affected by the scandal, which left them without enough time to adjust their savings plans.

If the ombudsman’s recommendations are accepted, total compensation payouts of between £67.0 and £197.7 million would be made to those women. The overall bill to the taxpayer to compensate 3.6m WASPI women across the UK would be between £3.6 and £10.8 billion.

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