Calls to compensate WASPI women dismissed

Calls to compensate a generation of women who campaigned to have their pension increased have been dismissed by the Government.

Responding to an opposition debate earlier this week, pensions minister Guy Opperman rejected proposals to increase these pensions, stating that to do so would be “unaffordable”.

He also defended the accompanying communications regarding the amendments to the state pension age, enshrined within the 1995 and 2011 Pension Acts.

Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) was formed following the emergence of a discrepancy when the pension age was increased from 60 to 65. As a result of the change, many women found that they would miss out on years on pensions entitlements, appealing for the issue to be addressed.

Whilst the Government is yet to express support for the WASPI campaign, the Labour party have warned that the matter is “not going away”.

Last month, the Liberal Democrats called for the Department of Work and Pensions to take action, with Stephen Lloyd calling it an injustice which urgently needed to be addressed.

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