WASPI: Full list of key date of births for women who could get £10,000 DWP State Pension payout

The Women Against Statement Pension Inequality (WASPI) group has shared important information about who could receive compensation from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). They are fighting for millions of women who say they weren’t told in time about changes to their State Pension age, Birmingham Live reports.

WASPI is waiting for the results of an investigation by the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman. They hope that each person affected will be recommended to receive £10,000 or more in compensation. SNP MP Alan Brown has said in the House of Commons that this would be a fair amount for any DWP payout.

The ombudsman is due to release final reports on whether there was unfair treatment and, if so, what financial help should be given. So, who has been affected by these increases in the State Pension age?

The complaints are mainly about changes made in the 1995 Conservative Government’s State Pension Act and the 2011 Pension Act. These laws increased the State Pension age for women from 60 to 65, the same as for men, and then further to 66 for everyone.

WASPI has shared details about who has been affected by the State Pension age changes and who might get compensation. They said: “Because of the way the increases were brought in, women born in the 1950s – on or after 6th April 1950 to 5th April 1960 – have been hit particularly hard. Significant changes to the age we receive our State Pension have been imposed upon us with a lack of appropriate notification, with little or no notice and much faster than we were promised some of us have been hit by more than one increase.”

In total, 3.8 million women are affected. WASPI also notes that since 2015, 270,000 of these women have passed away without receiving any financial redress for the pension changes. This has saved the Treasury an estimated £4 billion.

WASPI points out that letters were sent out only 14 years after the 1995 Pensions Act to women born from April 6, 1951, to April 5, 1953. Many of these women got a letter about the increase in their retirement age just one year before they were supposed to get their pension. And many others only had two, three, four or five years’ notice.

A statement by WASPI reads: “Women were given as little as one year’s notice of up to a six-year increase to their State Pension age, compared to men who received six year’s notice of a one-year rise to their State Pension age. Many women report receiving no letter ever and others say letters were sent to the wrong address despite notifying the DWP of the address change.”

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