New update for millions of WASPI women waiting to hear Labour's plan for State Pension age compensation

Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Darren Jones MP, has told BBC Breakfast there is “more work to be done” on designing a suitable compensation plan for millions of women born in the 1950s impacted by changes to their State Pension age. Appearing on the popular breakfast show on Monday, Mr Jones said that the Labour Government needs more details on eligibility for compensation or the “different types of schemes that might need to be designed” to support people in different circumstances.

However, he told viewers that the new Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Liz Kendall MP, has “already talked about picking up that work and taking it forward”. His response came after presenter Jon Kay asked: “What about our viewers, the so-called WASPI women (Women Against State Pension Inequality campaign), who want to know what you’re going to do on their claims for State Pension compensation?”

Mr Jones responded: “Before the election, the Ombudsman reported on some of the processes WASPI women were subject to about the change in the [State] Pension age, what we haven't got to yet is a level of report or detail about the eligibility for compensation or the different types of schemes that might need to be designed to support people who are in different circumstances.”

He added: “There’s more work to be done on that (State Pension) and my colleague the Work and Pensions Secretary Liz Kendall has already talked about picking up that work and taking it forward.”

Jon Kay highlighted how there are a lot of people waiting on a compensation plan being announced who will be saying the Labour Party have been waiting in Opposition and had polls on their side, as he pushed for a reason for the hold up, now that they are in power.

Mr Jones explained how the Labour Government has been in power for three days and urged for a “bit of time” adding that there was not much they could do in Opposition, apart from “encouraging the Conservatives to get on with it”. However, he did reiterate that Labour will pick up the State Pension compensation issue and take it forward.

Last week, the Chair of the WASPI campaign urged new Prime Minister Sir Keir Starmer not to “let down millions of 1950s-born women'' waiting for a compensation plan. Angela Madden urged the Labour Government not to ignore the landmark report published by the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) in March which instructed the Conservative government to apologise and administer a compensation plan without delay.

Ms Madden said: “Hundreds of candidates who actively support WASPI's calls for fair and fast compensation have been elected to this new Parliament. This includes over 70 Liberal Democrat MPs who have been steadfast in their commitment to 1950’s-born women and we look forward to working with them to achieve justice.

“With this definitive majority, Labour has been given a strong mandate for delivering change. It is time for them to make good on their MPs’ and candidates’ record of support to deliver a compensation scheme in the first 100 days of this Parliament.”

She added: “Anything else would be to let down millions of 1950s-born women at the very first hurdle and ignoring the government's own independent watchdog would set the wrong tone for a government looking to make change. ”

The PHSO recommended compensation equivalent to Level 4 on its banding scale, which is worth between £1,000 and £2,950.