DWP petition calling for WASPI compensation 'closed' and 'no longer able to be signed'

A WASPI compensation update has been issued - with hopes of a Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) payout dashed as the General Election takes place in July 4. The July 4 election, called by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak last week, has seen the WASPI committee dissolved.

Guidance on the Parliament website about how petitions will be affected by the General Election states: "All petitions that were open on the site will be closed and will no longer be able to be signed. They won’t be reopened after the election. They’ll still be available for people to read on the site."

The document outlines: "The Government can’t respond during the election period. It will be up to the new Government to decide whether to respond to petitions from before the election." One Change.org petition aimed at the DWP urges: "Dear Penny Mordaunt,

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"The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman has confirmed that WASPI women are due compensation. But the Department of Work and Pensions refuses to comply. The All-Party Parliamentary Group on this issue – which is backed by hundreds of MPs across party lines – has long backed substantial compensation.

"The Commons must urgently have the opportunity to debate and vote on their proposals, and any others that MPs wish to bring forward. After all, with 3.5m affected – and one dying every 13 minutes – everyone knows somebody who has been affected by the DWP’s incompetence and neglect of 1950s-born women.

"Yours sincerely, WASPI campaigners." In reply, one person signing it said: "I am due compensation for the 6 years of pension I had stolen from me without even bothering to tell me! Also what is the point of an Ombudsman if they can just be ignored at will."

"I feel we should be paid the amount lost not compensation. Alot of women have died before we got this far," a second agreed.