DWP issues WASPI women compensation update

An update on compensation due to be given to millions of women who were impacted by a State Pension age change has been given by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

The women born in the 1950s were told they would have to wait longer for their State Pension when changes to the state pension age to equalise it across genders were accelerated in 2010. The pension age for both men and women is set to rise again from 66 to 67 between 2026 and 2028, reports the LiverpoolEcho.

The group known as WASPI (Women Against State Pension Inequality) was set up to help women who have been negatively affected by their pension age going up - after not being properly notified about it. Affected women, who were born in the 1950s, say they were not correctly informed by the Government that their State Pension age would increase by over five years.

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After a six-year investigation, the Parliamentary Health Service Ombudsman concluded on March 21 that women born in the 1950s, affected by short notice changes to their State Pension age, should be compensated. The Ombudsman then asked Parliament to intervene and “act swiftly” to make sure a compensation scheme is established, JK Dears reported.

The DWP has now said impacted women will likely receive between £1,000 and £2,950 in compensation - significantly less than the £10,000 or more that campaigners had been hoping for. Compensation is only available to women who were born between April 6, 1950, and April 5, 1960, according to the WASPI initiative. North Wales Live has launched a WhatsApp community group where you can get the latest stories delivered straight to your phone

It is important to note that no firm decisions have yet been made by DWP. The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Mel Stride, alongside Permanent Secretary Peter Schofield, will be questioned in a meeting tomorrow morning, according to the Mirror.

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