Why DWP will pay WASPI compensation despite reluctance, according to expert

WASPI protesters in Salford
The Government might be swayed to offer compensation to the WASPI generation -Credit:LINCOLNSHIRE WASPI

The Government might be swayed to offer compensation to the WASPI (Women Against State Pension Inequality) generation of pensioners, despite initial hesitations, according to a recent statement.

Pete Mugleston, MD and financial expert at OnlineMoneyAdvisor.co.uk, explained to the Express: "The Government's initial stance suggested a reluctance to comply with the compensation recommendations, citing budgetary constraints and differing interpretations of the law.

"However, public and parliamentary pressure, as well as continued advocacy from groups like WASPI, could influence a change in position.

"We could also see some movement on this in the upcoming election as neither party will want to alienate WASPI pensioners ahead of the vote."

A report by the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman has proposed compensation ranging from £1,000 to £2,950.

Yet, the report also highlighted that the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) had previously expressed concerns that providing such a remedy "would be inconsistent with good administration or guidance published by HM Treasury ('Managing Public Money')".

Furthermore, the DWP indicated that primary legislation might be necessary to facilitate the compensation payments.

This development follows another expert's cautioning that the WASPI campaigners may find it challenging to secure these payouts.

Andrew Gosselin, senior editor at The Calculator Site, said: "The Ombudsman's report confirmed that they should be paid, but making that happen will be very hard.

"You need to carefully look at each person's situation, such as how much longer they had to work, any extra costs or debts they racked up, and even any health effects that broke that promise. It needs to be complete and fair.

"I'm not holding my breath, though, for that compensation to show up. From what I've seen, the Government takes a very long time to do things like this."

DWP minister Mel Stride was pressed on when a decision regarding compensation might be reached, but on ITV, he declined to specify a timeline.

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 conversation should be paid or not. And I do want to make sure that we get that judgment right."