State Retirement Pensions: Females

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 23 June 2022.

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Photo of Stephen Morgan Stephen Morgan Shadow Minister (Defence) (Armed Forces and Defence Procurement), Shadow Minister (Education) (Schools)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the findings of the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman’s (PHSO) investigation into the way her Department communicated changes to women’s State Pension age, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policies of that investigation's findings that her Department was guilty of maladministration in its handling of changes to the State Pension Age for women; and what steps she plans to take in response to those findings.

Photo of Guy Opperman Guy Opperman The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) has not completed his investigation. This a multi staged process and the report published on 20 July 2021 concluded stage-one of the investigation.

It would not be appropriate to comment whilst the investigation is ongoing; and section 7(2) of the Parliamentary Commissioner Act 1967 states that Ombudsman investigations “shall be conducted in private”.

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