Martin Whitfield MP has raised the issue of the status of the cases of women affected by changes to the state pension age who have made maladministration claims against the DWP in the House of Commons.

Speaking during Business Questions, Mr Whitfield asked the Leader of the House, Andrea Leadsom, if the Government will make a statement to provide clarity for the women affected.

His point followed confusing letters received by a number of constituents suggesting their cases were closed after the first cases made it to court late last year.

Speaking after his question, Martin Whitfield MP said: 

“The women born in the 1950s affected by changes to the state pension age, which includes at least 5,000 here in East Lothian, have been very badly treated by government and its agencies.

“They have already suffered from unacceptable lapses in communication which left many without adequate warning of the need to change their retirement plans. Now they are receiving confusing communications about the status of their cases, adding to their sense of injustice.

“The Government is responsible for these decisions and should be providing clarity on what is happening rather than standing by while the women affected suffer. I’ll continue to work with colleagues to raise this issue and back the Waspi campaign’s fight for justice.” 

You can watch the question and Ms Leadsom’s reply here.