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I fully support the WASPI fight for fair treatment, and Cllr Alistair Dewhirst has been leading this locally at Devon County Council..

The government's failure to properly notify WASPI women to the changes to their retirement age has meant that people have been left unable to properly plan for their retirement, and it is right that they are compensated for this.

Nearly 4 million women born in the 1950s have been affected by the reforms, which have raised the state pension age from 60 to 66. However, whilst these changes were taking place, many women discovered that they had not been informed about the increase in the SPA from 61 to 65. The DWP did not write to any woman affected by the rise in the SPA for nearly 14 years after the 1995 Act was passed. Many women were completely unaware of the changes until 2009 or later.

3.8 million women were in this position, with some potentially losing out on more than £40,000.

Liberal Democrats will ensure that the WASPI women are properly compensated for the failure of government to properly notify them of changes to the state pension age, in line with the recommendations of the parliamentary ombudsmen.

Martin Wrigley

Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Newton Abbot constituency