We are holding our next national demonstration in Westminster opposite the Houses of Parliament on Budget Day 8th March 2017. Please join us!! Our demo coincides with International Women’s Day, which is very appropriate! Ask your MP to show their support by joining us and posting on social media.
Watch this space for further details...
DWP MASS ACTION If ever there was a time to stand up and be counted as a WASPI woman, it is now.
If there ever was a time when women needed to help other women in a similar situation as you, waiting up to six extra years for your pension, it is now.
And if you ever needed to give some time to make a formal complaint to the DWP about a case of maladministration….it is that time.
WASPI are pleased to issue the “Guide to DWP Complaints", produced by top London lawyers Bindmans. It takes into account all the different issues which affect us. It will ensure that our complaints going to the DWP cover all the necessary points and will move WASPI on to a mass complaint to the Parliamentary Ombudsman, which can help us to get justice.
There are 2.6 million affected by the lack of notice of the 1995 and 2011 Pensions Acts. Not all of them even know its happened.
We can help them by making our own complaints and helping others to make theirs. Don’t leave it and think someone else will do it. This is your pension and your fight. Look to the left where you can get the “Guide to DWP Complaints” and template letters which will help you make your complaint. You will also see a Guide to Maladministration which you may also like to read
It involves effort, resolve and determination to do it. But if we don’t make that effort we’re sending a strong message to the Government that we don’t have the heart to fight the injustice. As many of us as possible must make a complaint to the DWP - get going on yours now!
It must hurt, and it must sting.
DWP COMPLAINT - STAGES 1 & 2
There is no easy way to do this. There is no quickstep to the legal process. It requires that we take action and don't wait for someone else to do it for us. We have to turn up the heat and we can all help. Tell your friends; send your letters play YOUR part. 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.
STAGE 1: Start the process of making a complaint to the DWP. Use the template letter as a guide to register your dissatisfaction and formally record your complaint.
STAGE 2: Once you’ve had a response to your stage 1 complaint then you’re ready to do your next letter.
Stage two letter template can be found opposite.
STAGE 3: Once you’ve had your response to the previous letter, you’ll see you’ve 6 months to do your next letter. It’s important to stay within the timelines given.
If the DWP don’t reply within their time scales (15 days for first 2 letters then write again and there’s a chaser letter template)
PERSONAL FILE REQUESTS - You can do this as soon as you want. It would be useful to know what DWP holds on your personal file. We would like all WASPI campaigners to ask for this information. You get a form online, print it and complete it - no letter writing this time. You just need to fill in the blanks and post it off to the DWP - simple as that! It takes up to 40 days to get a reply. Women are getting back lots of useful information from the Personal File requests and some are finding it helpful to claim more qualifying NI years as a result.
Requests for personal information are also called ‘Subject Access Requests’. The DWP will not charge you for this service.
Keep a Copy: At all stages make a note of the date you sent your letter or SAR and keep a copy of what you sent If you don’t get a response within their timescales for reply then write again and complain again. We have a template letter to help with that:
The DWP publishes a document about the service you should receive.
Help a WASPI
If you have a WASPI friend who is struggling with access to the internet, try and double your impact by helping her apply too.
Don’t delay! Start writing today!
START A LOCAL WASPI GROUP
Local groups are a great way to get together for joint, co-ordinated action and a great way of raising the profile of our WASPI campaign.
There are many women affected by the changes to the State Pension age and there are many more women yet to reach.
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!
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!