DWP accused of ignoring the plight of thousands of WASPI women

WASPI women protest outside Parliament over state pension changes. Photo: WASPI Campaign/Twitter

New Freedom of Information (FOI) figures reveal that the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has received thousands of complaints relating to the WASPI (Women against state pension inequality) campaign, yet only six “WASPI investigations” have actually been seen through to completion.

Despite the DWP having set up a dedicated complaints team it has let down, and left without answers, thousands of teachers, nurses and many more women who the Scottish National Party (SNP) say were robbed of their expected pension due to unfair changes to their pensionable age.

This week’s UK budget saw the plight of 3.5 million WASPI women born in the 1950s ignored once again, say the SNP.

Commenting SNP MP Mhairi Black said: “With thousands of complaints flooding into the DWP from women who have been robbed of their state pension it is astonishing the Tories have only given six of these the courtesy of a response.

“This strikes at the heart of the sheer incompetence of this Tory government. Their dedicated complaints service is a complete sham, and it isn’t delivering for the 3.5 million WASPI women who deserve justice and fairness when it comes to their pensions.

“Theresa May managed to rustle up a billion pound bung for the DUP, so she could cling on to power.

“She found an extra £3 billion this week to dig her way out of the Brexit muddle she’s found herself in.

“But apparently she can’t find a single penny to give women the pensions that they are due.


“Not only has the Prime Minister failed to live up to her pledge to tackle the burning injustices in society – Theresa May is actually aggravating these injustices.

“And despite Scottish Tory MPs pledging support to WASPI women during the election campaign – since coming to office, the Scottish Tories have been AWOL on this issue. It’s pathetic.

“The Tories must act now to right an obvious wrong, and provide a decent transitional arrangement for WASPI women.”


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