Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish and Peter Aldous, MP for Waveney have today responded in their capacity as Co-chair’s of the All-party parliamentary group on State Pension Inequality for Women to the findings of the Parliamentary and Health Ombudsman’s (PHSO) investigation into Women’s State Pension Age communications.
The PHSO report finds failings in the way the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) communicated changes to women’s State Pension age. The PHSO found that from 2005 onwards, there were failings in the action taken by DWP to communicate the State Pension age. It also states that the DWP “failed to make reasonable decisions based on the information available to it”.
Andrew Gwynne said:
“This report is a landmark moment in the ongoing fight for 1950s women to receive justice, and a vindication of what campaigners have been saying for years. The PHSO has conducted a thorough investigation of a number of complaints and found that there were failings in the actions of the DWP in communicating changes to State Pension.
The DWP must urgently address these findings, and advise 1950s women what actions they will take to right the wrongs committed by successive Governments. For too long 1950s women have been ignored, and this must change.”
Peter Aldous said:
“I am very grateful to the PHSO for considering these complaints, and for publishing such detailed findings.
We now must see a cross-party effort to sort this problem out. This issue is bigger than any administration and has been raised repeatedly over the last 25 years. The PHSO findings must now be scrutinised by the DWP and parliament, and then we must set out about compensating women for this injustice.”
An image of the full Press Release from the PHSO is included below.