At Derbyshire County Council meeting, supporter Tricia Clough gave a short speech and got a standing ovation! The council passed following motion:
“The Council calls upon the Government to make fair transitional state pension arrangements for all women born on or after 6th April 1951, who have unfairly borne the burden of the increase to the State Pension Age (SPA) with lack of appropriate notification." Subsequently Councils nationwide are showing support for WASPI by passing a motion calling for transitional arrangements. This will put additional pressure on non-supporting MP's and the Government.
Thanks to those supporters who initiated with their respective Councils and of course to the Councils in question.
Has your council passed the motion? Let us know here!
Women are getting back lots of useful information from the Personal File requests and some women feel it may help to claim more qualifying NI years as a result. If you haven’t written to the DWP yet then remember it’s never too late!
Personal Files at DWP. It would be useful to know what DWP holds on your personal file. We would like all WASPI campaigners to ask for this information. It's an online request - no letter writing this time. It takes up to 40 days to get a reply.
Requests for personal information are sometimes called ‘subject access requests’. DWP will not charge you for this service.
It doesn't matter if you didn't get time to start a complaint, you can do this, as part of our campaign Go online for an English or Welsh version, to DWP Request for Personal Informaton
Help a WASPI
If you have a WASPI friend with little/no access to the internet, try and double your impact by helping her apply too.
Make a note
The DWP expect to provide the information within 40 days so make a note of your date of application
Try and keep a copy of your application
The DWP publishes a document about the service you should receive - It's here
DWP MASS MAILING
STAGE THREE DWP MASS MAILING
Many of you have had replies from DWP and want to get on with the next step. However, to ensure maximum impact the DWP Stage three letter template will be released later in the month. If you have written your own third letter, that’s fine.
STAGE TWO DWP MASS MAILING
Many of you will be getting your reply from the DWP and will be keen to respond to them. It appears that not everyone was aware of this course of Action. Therefore, if you haven’t already done so then do it NOW and please post this to your personal page and encourage your friends to write too.
We all know we didn't receive adequate and correct information relating to the increase in our state pension age. Therefore the WASPI campaign is organising a mass mailing to the DWP as first stage to a process, which will lead to formal complaints to the Ombudsman.
We want as many as possible to do this and whilst we encouraged everyone to do so w/c 18th July it appears that not everyone was aware of this course of Action. Therefore, if you haven’t already done so then do it NOW and please post this to your personal page and encourage your friends to write too. You just need to fill in the blanks and post it off to the DWP - simple as that!
We want to cause such a high volume that it will further compel the Government to look in earnest at making remedy for the "grotesque disadvantage" and financial loss we have suffered. Don’t delay! Write today!
SPREAD THE WORD
Friends, family, colleagues
On shop/town/village notice boards, at clubs, organisations, trade union branches
Hand out leaflets on the streets/at events
Email local news papers/magazines/radio stations and tell your and the WASPI story. Follow up with phone call. Make it hard to be ignored!
Organise a supermarket dash.Ask your local supermarket if they will allow you to be near the entrance (not blocking) handing out leaflets.
If possible, ask to have a display or table with info. Invite your local MP and your local press.
Phone his/her constituency office for an appointment for a meeting. Do NOT give up until you have a date! If you are worried about going on your own, see if there is a local group and if they can find you a buddy. Go to our Facebook page
Look at the written Evidence (via link on Home Page) to prepare for the meeting, write a letter with your story and with the arguments in the notes to leave with your MP
IF you really feel you are unable (for whatever reason) to visit your MP, write or email him/her and insist that s/he answers your letter. Do NOT give up till you have an answer!
Continue to lobby him/her (new information will regularly be put on the website and on Facebook for you to put to him/her). Make further appointments, write/email regular letters. Let your MP know you will NOT give up!