State Pension Age Changes for Women

5th July 2017

Keith Simpson condemns the lack of communication with women adversely affected by the changes to the state pension age and the incoherent information on the HMRC website.

I am very grateful, and I am aware of the Chair’s advice. I have to declare an interest, in that my wife is one of the women who have been affected. She feels incandescent with rage. She had no correspondence whatever, exactly as the hon. Member for Central Ayrshire (Dr Whitford) said.

My second point is that, as I am sure many of the ladies have found out, the website of Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs is incoherent. I was on it on Sunday morning, and the information that people get is contradictory. I hope the Minister will do something about it.

 

I thank the right hon. Gentleman for that intervention, and I hope that the Minister is taking due note of it. When a large delegation of women adversely affected by the changes came to see me, I checked the HMRC website, and a lot of the information is out of date, even on the number of people affected. I think that 2.4 million was the number originally quoted, but it is now generally accepted that the number is 3.5 million.

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HACKING OF PARLIAMENTARY EMAILS

As you may know from the press and media coverage, parliamentary emails were hacked over on 22/23 June.  My email account was one of those hacked and I am therefore letting you know in case you have contacted me via email.

I have reported the matter to the Information Commissioner’s Office as a breach of data protection.

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