WASPI is a campaign group and we therefore need ALL who support the campaign to take action in order to achieve our aim!
We realise that people have different skills and abilities, but we hope that each and every one of you will do something to make a difference!
WASPI NATIONAL DEMO - 8TH MARCH 2017
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...
WASPI NATIONAL DEMO
DWP MASS ACTION
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 COMPLAINT - MASS ACTION
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.
Many who started the process last July will have had replies from the DWP and want to get on with the next step. WASPI is working with the Law Firm Bindmans and we’ll be ready with a detailed guide for the Stage 3 letter in February. Wait for the guide. It will help you complete the third stage correctly.
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!