There has been a victory for women affected by state pension injustice as a legal challenge to Ombudsman succeeds.

In Essex there are over 100,000 1950s born women affected by State Pension injustice which they state was caused by the maladministration by the Department of Working Pensions, in not notifying them of changes to their state pension age, by up to six years.

In an unprecedented out of court settlement between The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) and Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) the Ombudsman conceded that the Stage 2 report was legally flawed and large parts of it will be rewritten.

WASPI South East Essex represents WASPI women in the whole of Essex and has actively campaigned throughout the years, with their coordinators Frances Neil and Deborah Dalton attending numerous events throughout the country.

“This is a huge victory for the campaign as it is vital that the correct legal framework is used to ascertain the injustices and losses caused as this report will be used in Stage 3 to recommend the remedy/compensation to the government,” said Frances.

“One of the main advantages for the 3.6 million women affected nationally including the 100,000 women in Essex is that now that instead of having to wait for a court case and possible appeal to take place The Ombudsman can get straight on with reviewing his findings and we hope that our campaign for justice could be resolved speedily with fair and fast compensation.

“Having already campaigned for seven years, a quarter of a million women having already died and one more every 13 minutes, this cannot come soon enough.”

The fight for justice is costly and the group continue to raise funds for the effort.

“Our Crowd Justice fundraiser will continue as top legal advice is very costly and we need to ensure that we can cover all of our costs,” said Deborah.

“Women can donate through the crowdjustice and should visit the Waspi website to join or they can also donate here too and to read important FAQs about the case.