Law firm writes to DWP about compensation for 1950s women

A leading law firm has invited the Government to engage in mediation talks about compensation for women affected by the equalisation of the state pension age.

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A leading law firm has written to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions calling for mediation talks on compensation for women born in the 1950s who have been affected by the decision to equalise the state pension age for men and women.

Garden Court Chambers has sent the invitation letter to Mel Stride for Mediation Talks with Joanne Welch, Founder of the organisation CEDAWinLAW.COM on behalf of the 1950s women mentioned in a recent report.

The report into 1950s women who are having to wait for their pension was written by former judge Dr Jocelynne Scutt after an inquiry and was published in November. It concludes that women born in the 1950s were directly discriminated against because they were targeted to bear the full impact of the change from 60 years in order to equalise the retirement age with men’s retirement age. It said most had no notice, or inadequate notice, of the change and have suffered “egregious economic hardship, stress, anxiety and psychological trauma as they had to change retirement plans and try to negotiate staying in their jobs or getting a new job in a time frame that was unrealistic or impossible to do”.

Anti-Brexit campaigner Gina Miller, Leader of the True & Fair Party, has also accepted CEDAWinLAW.COM’s invitation to join its efforts to advocate for compensation for 1950s-born women.

CEDAW is the Convention on the Elimination of All Discrimination Against Women. The Parliamentary Ombudsman recently shared its provisional views about the handling of the rise in the state pension age for women as well as their thinking about potential remedies.

Groups such as the Women Against the State Pension Injustice [WASPI] have been campaigning for years for compensation. A recent survey by WASPI found that almost half of the women affected will struggle to afford to buy Christmas presents this year. 70% said they will reduce the spending on food over the festive season while almost half of the women said their economic position has got worse in the past six months.

In July 2021, the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman ruled that the DWP had failed to communicate the age changes to those women with enough urgency, finding it guilty of ‘maladministration’, but stage two of the investigation was delayed due to a legal challenge.



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