Equalisation of State Pension Age 1950's Women

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

It seem that we have a major discrepancy which is incompatible
On what the DWP had reported to me and what the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Mr Guy Opperman have said the the House of Commonds I am completely baffled that both have given contradictory answers to the same period of time and the same group of people.

It leaves you with a lack of trust or confidence in what has been said by the DWP especially when such an important communication method that the DWP had relied on to be effective in conveying the information to the Women (born 6 April 1953 to 5 April 1960) January 2012 and November 2013.

From my recent Freedom of Information Request FOI2018/01058
Date: 21 August 2018

January 2012 and November 2013 Source: Department for Work and Pensions (USP0162) Following the Pensions Act 2011, DWP wrote to all those directly affected by the changes (born 6 April 1953 to 5 April 1960) to inform them of the change to their State Pension age.

This involved mailing more than 5million letters to those affected.
One of my questions was:

Please could you send me just the copy of the template letter and any leaflets which were sent to women who was born in Dec 1954 that informs them of changes to the state pension?

The DWP Response was:

Please see enclosed a copy of the template letter, as requested.
There were no leaflets issued with this letter.
RF2C was the reference number of the sample template letter that the DWP had attached to my Freedom of Information Request, the date on the letter was January 2012.

If you have any queries about this letter please contact me quoting the reference number above.
Yours sincerely,
DWP Central FoI Team

It is very clear that the DWP had said that DWP wrote to all those directly affected by the changes (born 6 April 1953 to 5 April 1960)January 2012 and November 2013

The DWP has said there were no leaflets issued with this letter.

A clear statement by the DWP “That they were NO LEAFLETS issued with this letter.

Guy Opperman the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Work and Pensions at 1:19 pm, 8th February 2018 said

With permission, Mr Speaker, I will mke a statement following the Opposition day debate on state pension age.

Many Members raised the issue of communications in the November debate. Since 1995, the Government have gone to significant lengths to communicate these changes.

People were notified with leaflets, an advertising campaign was carried out and later individual letters were posted out.

Those affected by the 1995 Act changes were sent letters informing them of the change to their state pension age between 2009 and 2011, with letters sent to 1.2 million women.

Those affected by the Pensions Act 2011 changes were sent letters between January 2012 and November 2013, which involved sending over 5 million letters with an accompanying leaflet.

A clear statement by Mr Guy Opperman the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Work and Pensions “That they were LEAFLETS issued with this letter.

Very misleading statements by the DWP and the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, one saying they were and one saying they were not leaflets.

The DWP responce was on the 21st August 2018

The Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Mr Guy Opperman made his statement on the 8th February 2018

With only 7 Months between both statements it is very clear that both cannot be right ?

My Freedom of Information Request are:

Has the DWP in the FOI given the wrong information or is it that the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Mr Guy Opperman has given the wrong information to the House of Commons.

My Freedom of Information Request are:

Please could you forward me the written everdence that the DWP had used to make the statement that The DWP has said there were no leaflets issued with this letter.

My Freedom of Information Request are:

Please could you forward me the written everdence that the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Mr Guy Opperman had used to make the statement to House of Commons that The DWP has said there were no leaflets issued with this letter.

My Freedom of Information Request are:

When the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Mr Guy Opperman speaks on facts with regards to State Pension communications who would normally supply him with information ?

Yours faithfully,
LANGTON

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

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I am writing to request an internal review of Department for Work and Pensions's handling of my FOI request 'Equalisation of State Pension Age 1950's Women'.

I have not received an answer to this request and its over the 20 day period

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LANGTON

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Department for Work and Pensions's handling of my FOI request 'Equalisation of State Pension Age 1950's Women'.

You have not replied to my FOI request Equalisation of State Pension Age 1950's Women, as normally required by law.
I would like to ask for an internal review, asking you to find out why response to the request has been so slow.

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Yours faithfully,

LANGTON

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