More than 30,000 sign petition for MPs to vote on WASPI compensation

The UK’s national Ombudsman said women born in the 1950s deserve compensation - but the UK Government has refused to commit to paying them.

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More than 30,000 people have signed a petition calling on MPs to be given a vote on whether women impacted by the mishandling of changes to the state pension age should be given compensation.

Women born in the 1950s were told they would have to wait longer for their state pension when changes to the pension age to equalise it across genders were accelerated in 2010.

The Ombudsman recommended that affected women be paid between £1,000 to £2,950 in compensation for the injustice they suffered.

The report said it would cost as much as £10bn to compensate all women in born in the 1950s.

Angela Madden, the chair of Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) who started the petition, MPs must hold a vote on the issue in parliament.

She said: “The Commons must urgently have the opportunity to debate and vote on their proposals, and any others that MPs wish to bring forward.  

“After all, with 3.5m affected – and one dying every 13 minutes – everyone knows somebody who has been affected by the DWP’s incompetence and neglect of 1950s-born women.”

Chancellor Jeremy Hunt has declined to promise compensation for the women.

He said the issue was “more complicated” than others in which compensation has been promised such as the infected blood disaster and the Post Office Horizon scandal.

“We want to resolve it as quickly as we can, but there’s no secret vault of money,” he told broadcasters on Sunday.

“The money we would pay in compensation has to come from other taxpayers, so we do have to take time to get this fair.”

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