Compensation battle over pensions wins backing from Norfolk MPs

Norfolk MPs have backed WASPI women in their fight for compensation
Norfolk MPs have backed WASPI women in their fight for compensation

The fight for Norfolk women who lost out because of state pension age changes to get compensation has been backed by two of the county's MPs.

Norfolk MPs Clive Lewis and Richard Bacon are among more than 40 cross-party parliamentarians who have written to watchdogs backing the WASPI (Women Against State Pension Inequality) campaign.

More than 50,000 women in Norfolk, born in the 1950s, were affected by state pension age changes, which left them with an additional six-year wait before receiving pensions.

The group had successfully challenged a report produced by the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman, which had investigated how the changes were communicated by the government.

The government watchdog conceded part of its investigation was flawed and needs to be reconsidered.

Eastern Daily Press: South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon
Eastern Daily Press: South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon

South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon (Image: Archant)

And South Norfolk Conservative MP Mr Bacon and Norwich South Labour MP Mr Lewis are among 43 MPs who have written to the ombudsman calling for WASPI women to be compensated.

Eastern Daily Press: Norwich South MP Clive Lewis
Eastern Daily Press: Norwich South MP Clive Lewis

Norwich South MP Clive Lewis (Image: Archant)

Angela Madden, chair of the WASPI campaign said: "We are very grateful to the cross-party MPs across the East of England who are rallying behind WASPI and supporting our calls for fair and fast compensation."