A quarter of a million women will die waiting for pension justice by the end of this year
Nearly a quarter of a million women who may be entitled to pension compensation will have died waiting by the end of this year, analysis shows.
Women born in the 1950s missed out on up to £50,000 after the state pension age was raised from 60 to 66.
Last year, the Parliamentary Ombudsman found that the Government had been too slow to notify some of the 3.8 million women involved.
Snubbed: Women born in the 1950s missed out on up to £50,000 after the state pension age was raised from 60 to 66
Campaign group Women Against State Pension Inequality (Waspi) has been fighting for seven years to secure compensation.
But analysis by data platform Statista estimates that 220,000 of those eligible will have died in the period between when the campaign began and the end of this year.
The research, commissioned by Waspi, is based on figures recorded by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) that show how many women in that age bracket die each year.
The dispute arose after the 1995 Pensions Act, brought in by the Conservative government, raised the women’s state pension age from 60 to 65, to be in line with men’s.
The 2011 Pension Act further raised the age to 66.
The changes were set to be phased in over ten years from 2010 for women born between 1950 and 1955.
But the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) didn’t send letters to some of those affected until 2009, and some claimed they never received the warnings.
The Government has so far refused to commit to financial compensation. The DWP points out that both the High Court and Court of Appeal supported its decision to raise the women’s state pension age.
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