After the disappointment of losing the case in the High Court in 2019, there has been good news recently that the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) has recently found that the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) failed to communicate “with enough urgency” the changes that left many women waiting up to six years longer for their state pension. The PHSO concluded that the DWP “should have written to the women affected at least 28 months earlier than it did”.
This report vindicated what 1950s women have been saying for years – that there was maladministration on the part of the DWP over successive Governments in communication about changes to women’s state pensions.
I have now written to Thérèse Coffey MP, Work and Pensions Secretary, to ask for confirmation of the next steps that the Department for Work and Pensions will be taking on this issue, following the findings of the Ombudsman.
I am committed to continuing to support the campaign until we get Pensions Justice for 1950s-born women.