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WASPI fury grows as women promise to send 'strong message' to Mel Stride within hours


Campaigners will be heading to London again tomorrow (May 16) to back a Parliament debate on providing compensation for the WASPI generation of state pensioners.

The backbench debate will consider if the WASPI (Women against state pension inequality) women should get compensation with dozens of MPs already backing the motion.

Angela Madden, chair of the WASPI campaign, told Express.co.uk she will be going down for the Westminster debate along with other campaigners.

She said: “Hopefully it will send the Government a strong message. I believe in Parliament the other day, Mel Stride did say they would be listening to the debate.

“Hopefully there will be some good points to inform the Government about what really should happen.

“My understanding is that the motion for the debate has been signed by 60 MPs, although we don’t know who the MPs are yet.”

An MP backing the calls for compensation recently told Express.co.uk they should get payouts of £10,000 or more.

Ms Madden said: “We’ve been encouraging women to write to their MPs to come, to encourage their MPs to come to the debate. Hopefully it will be quite a full house.”

In first presenting the motion for the debate to the Backbench Business Committee, MP Patricia Gibson said there was “frustration and anger” among WASPI campaigners that neither the Conservatives nor Labour had pledged any action.

She said: “This is an issue that the House has to debate. We cannot allow it to be the case that WASPI women have won the battle but don’t get the spoils of war.

“There’ll be different views across the house as to what that compensation might look like, and that’s all part of the debate.

“But I think the principle for compensation has to be established, and it has to be established quickly, because the longer this report goes unanswered, the more despair is setting in.”

Sir Stephen Timms MP, Chair of the Work and Pensions Committee, added: “The debate over the impact of the DWP’s failure to communicate increases in the women’s State Pension age has dragged on for too long and it is time the Government took action to resolve the issue.

“There is no perfect solution, but there would seem to be broad support for a rules-based system of compensation with a degree of flexibility for cases where women have experienced direct financial loss. While the Ombudsman has put the matter in the hands of Parliament, a remedy can only happen with the support of the Government and we hope Ministers will move quickly to bring forward its proposal before the summer.”

A recent report from the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman recommended compensation payments of between £1,000 and £2,950. The report also urged Parliament to take up the issue.

More than 230,000 members of the public have backed an open letter to Commons leader Penny Mordaunt calling for MPs to get a vote on the question of compensation.

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