James Sunderland seeks message for 1950s-born women seeking state pension redress

Following the Government statement on the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman’s investigation into the way that changes to the state pension age were communicated to women born in the 1950s, James Sunderland seeks a personal message from the Secretary of State to campaigners (WASPI women).

James Sunderland (Bracknell) (Con)

I welcome today’s statement, and am very grateful for it. I know that the Secretary of State is under pressure this afternoon, but having received a lot of correspondence from my Bracknell constituents, as other Members have from theirs, let me ask a very objective question: does he have a personal message for those seeking a definitive outcome?

The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (Mel Stride)

I think my statement is the message. We recognise that these are complicated issues. We have collaborated fully with the inquiry, to the satisfaction of the chief executive officer of the ombudsman. We will study the report’s findings very carefully, and engage with Parliament constructively, as we have done with the ombudsman.