Pension campaign group bombards Government department with letters

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A campaign group plans to bombard the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) with letters of complaint after accusing it of maladministration over pension changes.

Members of Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI), including the Lincolnshire and Rutland branch, have embarked on a mass-mail campaign in a bid to see their complaints taken to the Parliamentary Ombudsman.

They are demanding compensation for women born on or after April 6, 1951, whose pensions will be hit by the Government’s alterations to the state pension age. They will say in their letters that the DWP is ‘guilty of maladministration in the way the changes have been introduced’.

A posting on the WASPI website says: “We want to cause such a high volume that it will further compel the Government to look in earnest at making remedy for the ‘grotesque disadvantage’ and financial loss we have suffered.”

Trish McGregor, 62, from Ancaster, is campaign organiser for the Grantham area. She said: “Everyone is sending their own letters to make a strong point.”

The mass-mailing follows a demonstration outside Westminster last month.

Trish joined WASPI when she realised that her pension age had risen from 60 to 62 then 65-and-a-half, a move by the Government which she called ‘selfish and unjust’.