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UK Government Must Issue Immediate Apology Alongside Fair and Fast Compensation to WASPI Women

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The SNP has demanded the UK government “step up” and issue an immediate apology, alongside fair and fast compensation, to women affected by the change in the state pension age. 

The party’s Women and Equalities Spokesperson, Kirsten Oswald MP, warned the UK government against ignoring today’s Ombudsman report into the scandal, and urged the Tories to back the Private Member’s Bill tabled by her SNP colleague, Alan Brown MP, which would force them to publish proposals for a compensation scheme.

Commenting, the SNP’s Women and Equalities Spokesperson, Kirsten Oswald said:

“Women born in the 1950s have been betrayed by the Tory government and deprived of pensions they were entitled to.

“This saga has run on for far too long  – it’s time for the UK government to step up and put an end to this serious injustice by issuing an immediate apology and fair and fast compensation to all women who were affected.

“They could also show good faith and an intent to make things right by backing the Private Member’s Bill tabled by my SNP colleague, Alan Brown, that would force the government to publish proposals for a compensation scheme.

“If the UK government decides to ignore the report and carry on casting these women aside then Parliament must step in to hold the Tories to account and ensure that these women see justice.

“The SNP has long fought for the government to rectify this shambles and give these women the pension they rightfully deserve, and we will continue to do so.”

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