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MP calls for "fair and fast" solution for WASPI women

By Kirsty Brown

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MP for the Gordon constituency Richard Thomson has welcomed the findings of the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman, who has condemned the UK Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) for “maladministration” in relation to changes to women’s state pensions.

The Ombudsman’s findings vindicate the campaign by the Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) and condemned the DWP for failing to provide “accurate, adequate and timely” information about changes to the state pension age for women.

Commenting, Mr Thomson said: “There are thousands of women across the north-east who have been badly impacted by the UK Government’s failure to treat them fairly and the WASPI women have my full, unequivocal support.

"The UK Government really now needs to act urgently and do the right thing by these women who have faced, and are facing, financial struggle though no fault of their own.

“This report lays bare the failings of the DWP and should be a wake-up call – the plight of these women who bore the financial burden of the maladministered State Pension changes cannot continue to be ignored by Westminster.

“The solution to this is in the UK Government’s hands and it needs to be fair and fast.”

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