State Retirement Pensions: Females

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 29th January 2019.

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Photo of Lord Allen of Kensington Lord Allen of Kensington Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government why the Department for Work and Pensions' Independent Case Examiner’s Office has closed its review of complaints regarding the changes in women's state pension age.

Photo of Baroness Buscombe Baroness Buscombe The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

When a department and independent bodies face a legal case, they have to review whether they continue to assess claims or await determination of the legal case. This has been the policy under all governments, Labour, Coalition, and Conservative, for decades.

The Independent Case Examiner (ICE) closed all live cases which concerned complaints about the state pension age for women (WASPI) when they became subject to legal proceedings, as is required under its governance contract. In the event the legal proceedings fall away or there is no determination on the matters which form the basis of the WASPI complaints, the ICE could consider reopening the cases at the request of the Department.

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