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Altmann: I am willing to meet with Waspi

Altmann: I am willing to meet with Waspi

Pensions minister Ros Altmann has said she is willing to meet members of the Women Against State Pension Inequality (Waspi) group.

The group has campaigned for transitional measures to be granted to women hit by state pension age (SPA) rises introduced in the 1995 and 2011 Pensions Acts.

Last week secretary of state for work and pensions Stephen Crabb shot down a proposal to allow women affected by SPA rises to claim their pension early.

In March, New Model Adviser® revealed Altmann (pictured) asked the DWP for costs of three separate measures to help women affected by SPA rises under the 2011 Pensions Act. These included bringing forward some payments ahead of some women’s SPA.

However Crabb told MPs on the work and pensions select committee that a proposal to give people early access to state pension, albeit at a lower rate, was ’fiscally impossible’.

Altmann could not give any assurances there would be transition measures but said she was willing to talk to Waspi campaigners.

Speaking to New Model Adviser® Altmann said: ‘I would like to meet with the representatives of some of these women. Just to show that I do understand and I do care and I am willing to listen but I do not have a budget. The secretary of state said what he said last week I can only refer you to what he said.’

She added: ‘I care about those who may be facing real hardship.’

Earlier this year Altmann clashed with Waspi when she accused it of bullying her online in an interview with the Telegraph.

She told the paper that she received abuse from Waspi supporters after her email address was published online.

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