Waspi woman outraged as Liz Truss refuses to give pension help | Politics | News

Ms Morgan asked the frontrunner in the Tory leadership race whether she would review the demands of Waspi campaigners to be compensated for the losses suffered when the state pension age was equalised in 2015. She noted Boris Johnson had previously pledged to help but campaigners were still left without their money despite the Parliamentary Ombudsman reporting a serious case of mismanagement when the changes were implemented. But Liz Truss delivered the Leigh resident a hammer blow when she admitted it is unlikely the situation will be amended under her Government.

Ms Morgan said: “We’ve had the rug pulled from underneath after many of us going into the labour market at 20, 21, 22 – we worked for 40 years, 45 years only to find that we’d have to wait an additional six years for the pension that we were promised when we were 60.

“Boris Johnson, when he was in your shoes, said he would look at this injustice with fresh eyes, he also added there was no magic money tree but there’s been a veritable orchard over the last couple of years.

“Money has been there for everything else and we feel disrespected., undervalued, we feel a country that treats its older people like this is not a civilised country that values the contributions we’ve made.”

Ms Truss said: “I have huge sympathy for Waspi women. I do think in the pension and tax system we haven’t looked after women fairly and women have suffered.

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“It’s a problem, one thing I’ve said I will do is review our overall tax system to make it fairer for families, for people who take time out of work to look after children or look after elderly relatives.

“To be honest with you, and I have to be honest, on this specific case of the Waspi women, I don’t think it was handled very well at the time, I completely admit that and there wasn’t enough respect shown, but I think where we are now, it would be very difficult to go back.

“I’m sorry but I have to be honest about the situation where we are at.”

While Ms Morgan appreciated the honest answer from the Foreign Secretary, she admitted the lack of changes would leave her facing the choice of eating or heating her home because of the worsening cost of living crisis.

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Ms Morgan hit back: “What about over a year ago, the Parliamentary Health Service Ombudsman ruled that there had been maladministration?

“And recommended fair and fast retribution. Will you support what the ombudsman has, after six years of investigation, agreed is what we were due?”

Ms Truss explained: “I just don’t want to make promises I can’t keep, to be absolutely honest.

“What I don’t want to do is make promises and not be able to find the funding and also re-open the issue.

“As I said, going forward I want to make the system fair for women. I want to make the system fair for families.

“I agree it wasn’t handled well. I regret that was the case, it was back in the days of the coalition government. I’m really sorry I’m not able to promise you that.”

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Ms Truss’s campaign has been forced onto the defensive in recent days after the Foreign Secretary suggested there would be no “handouts” if she won the leadership contest and that her priority was reducing the tax burden.

But her allies have insisted she is committed to helping families struggling with soaring bills and further direct support has not been ruled out.

As the Tory leadership race rumbles on meanwhile, experts at Uswitch said on Wednesday that six million homes across the UK owe an average of £206 to their energy provider, according to a survey from the company. In April, the same average debt was £188.

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2022-08-11 00:04:00

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