Campaigns. It is important that I continue to know the strength of feeling on an issue and I prefer to respond to every inquiry, but the sheer size of campaign correspondence means that it is hard to justify to the tax payer the cost and time taken for individual written replies, so regrettably I will no longer reply to every item of campaign correspondence.  I will  post a response to the campaign on the "Responses to campaigns" page of my website.

I am sorry to do this, as it is rather impersonal, but can see no other way of maintaining a good service for all my constituents unless I approach campaigns this way.

26 APR 2019

Waspi Campaign

Thank you for your email.

I do understand the deep concerns about the changes to pensions and have met in person with many WASPI campaigners.

The cross Party Parliamentary Work and Pensions Select Committee looked at this issue in great detail. If you would like to see/read all the evidence they received and the final report that they published, you can find it all here.

During the review, the committee looked into all aspects of the pension changes. In one particular session, MPs took evidence from the then Pensions Minister, Baroness Altmann who explained very clearly why she felt that pension changes had to be made.

The Committee concluded that communications from DWP about the changes fell short.

In the final report the Committee asked the Government to consider an alternative option for women to access their pensions at a lesser rate but sooner.

The committee investigated this issue further in a separate targeted enquiry

I am sorry that the Government refused to accept the compromise suggested by the Work and Pensions committee.

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