WASPI

As you might know, the Work and Pensions Select Committee, of which I am a member, began looking into this issue at the end of last year.  Indeed we have met the WASPI ladies already when they came to one of our sessions.

Please see below a link to the Select Committee webpage where you can keep up to date with the Committee’s report and investigation of the matter.

www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/work-and-pensions-committee/news-parliament-2015/state-pension-launch-15-16/

This is an ongoing review and the Committee is looking into all aspects of the pension changes.  On Monday 18 January, we took evidence from the Pensions Minister, Baroness Altmann and in my opinion she explained very clearly why pension changes had to be made.

You can watch the session here www.parliamentlive.tv/Event/Index/8250d214-274c-47db-a06b-cc3adf9716c0 and I would recommend you listen to it.

What I would say, is that the communications from DWP about the changes have not been as good as they might.  If you listen to Baroness Altmann, you will see that much of our questioning focuses on this issue.

Earlier in March, we issued our final report which you can read here.

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201516/cmselect/cmworpen/899/89902.htm

As you will see, we have asked the DWP to consider transitional arrangements be offered to those most significantly affected, ie 1950's ladies. I will continue to monitor the situation closely but please do get in touch if you have any further questions or concerns.