DWP issues update on WASPI compensation for millions of women

A WASPI rally
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The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has unveiled details of compensation payments for WASPI women impacted by State Pension age changes.

Women born in the 1950s were informed of a delayed State Pension entitlement following the 2010 acceleration of gender-equalizing pension age adjustments. The State Pension age for both genders is slated for another increase from 66 to 67 between 2026 and 2028.

WASPI (Women Against State Pension Inequality) advocates for women adversely affected by the unanticipated pension age rise. Affected women, born in the 1950s, claim they were inadequately informed by the government about the impending five-year increase in their State Pension age.

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Following a six-year investigation, the Parliamentary Health Service Ombudsman concluded on March 21 that compensation was due to women born in the 1950s who were impacted by the short-notice changes to their State Pension age. The Ombudsman urged Parliament to intervene and "act swiftly" to establish a compensation scheme, as reported by JK Dears.

The DWP has now announced that affected women can expect compensation in the range of £1,000 to £2,950, falling short of the £10,000 or more sought by campaigners. Compensation is limited to women born between April 6, 1950, and April 5, 1960, according to WASPI, reports the Liverpool Echo.

According to the Mirror, no firm decisions have been made by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) as of yet. The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Mel Stride, along with Permanent Secretary Peter Schofield, are set to be questioned in a meeting tomorrow morning.