Equalisation of State Pension Age 1950's Women

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

From a Freedom of Information request Ref: VTR 3902 DATE: 5 October 2015

The number of women affected by the 1995 Act the 1995 Act impacts on all women born from 6th April 1950 to 5th April 1953.

Those born after this date fall under subsequent State Pension age legislation.
Details of the numbers affected can be found via the ONS website:

http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/npp/nation...

Letter 2a: 6/4/53 – 5/12/53
Letter 2b: 6/12/53 – 5/10/54
Letter 2c: 6/10/54 – 5/4/55
Letter 3: 6/4/55 – 5/4/1960
Letter V1 06/10/52 – 05/04/53

Letter 3 6/4/55 – 5/4/1960 (men and women affected) Mailing Date Oct 2012 – Nov 2013 Approx. Volumes 4.6m

This letter gives you some important information about changes
to your State Pension age.
Please read it carefully.
Under the Pensions Act 2011, women’s State Pension age will
now be 65 by November 2018.
After this the State Pension age,
for both men and women, will gradually increase to reach 66 by
October 2020. Your State pension age will now be your 66th birthday.

The below is a Freedom of Information request Ref: VTR 3235 Date 13/08/2015

Dear D Smulders,

Thank you for your Freedom of Information (FoI) request received on 02/08/2015. You asked:

Will you please send me a copy of the letter which was sent out to women born
between 6th April 1950 and 5th April 1960 notifying them of the increase to their StatePension Age - in accordance with the Freedom of Information Request I submittedtoday (2 August 2015) entitled "Notification of increases to the State Pension Age -1995 Pensions Act

Please find a copy of a letter attached.

Which says on the start of the letter?

This letter gives you some important information about changes to the State Pension age for women and how these changes affect you – please read it carefully.

On average, people are living longer and the role of women in the workplace has changed significantly over recent years. As a result, we are increasing the State Pension age for women from 60 to 65, so that it will be the same as for men. We are introducing this change gradually between 2010 and 2020 and it affects all women who were born on or after 6 April 1950.

MY FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST are:

Why is there different message especially of the wording on the start of the letters which I have copied to the same group of people Letter 3 6/4/55 – 5/4/1960 (men and women affected) Mailing Date Oct 2012 – Nov 2013 Approx. Volumes 4.6m both copies of the letters set by the DWP foi Ref: VTR 3235 Date 13/08/2015 and foi Ref: VTR 3902 DATE: 5 October 2015

The DWP had replied to the same question but have replied to both foi with different sample of the letter sent to this group of people does this mean that wrong letters went out to this group of people 6/4/55 – 5/4/1960 ?

In the Pensions Act 1995 SCHEDULE 4 rule 4 says A woman born after 5th April 1955 attains pensionable age when she attains the age of 65. please could you point out in the letter sent out to men and women who were born between 6/4/55 – 5/4/1960 (men and women affected) Mailing Date Oct 2012 – Nov 2013 Approx. Volumes 4.6m where in the letter the DWP had advised of the 1995 Pension Act?

Continue from the Freedom of Information Ref: VTR 3902 DATE: 5 October 2015

Letter 2c 6/10/54 – 5/4/55 (men and women affected) Mailing Date Feb 2012
Approx. Volumes376000

This letter gives you some important information about changes
to the State Pension age for men and women. It explains how
these changes affect you.
Please read it carefully.
You may be aware that the law has changed. State Pension age
is increasing and will be 66 from October 2020. This affects men
and women born on or after 6 October 1954.
Your new State pension age will now fall on your 66th birthday.

Letter 2b 6/12/53 – 5/10/54 (men and women affected) Mailing Date Feb 2012
Approx. Volumes 485000

This letter gives you some important information about changes
to the State Pension age for men and women.
It explains how these changes affect you.
Please read it carefully.
You may be aware that the law has changed. State Pension
age is increasing from 65 to 66. This affects men and women
born on or after 6 December 1953.

Letter 2a 6/4/53 – 5/12/53 Mailing Date Jan 2012 Approx Volumes 207000

This letter gives you some important information about changes
to the State Pension age for men and women. It explains how
these changes affect you.
Please read it carefully.
You may be aware that the law has changed. State Pension
age for women is increasing to 65. This means that it will be
the same as for men by November 2018. It affects women born
on or after 6 April 1953.

Letter V1 06/10/52 – 05/04/53 Mailing Date Mar 2011 Approx Volumes 191665

This letter gives you some important information about
changes to the State Pension age for women and how these
changes affect you – please read it carefully.
You may be aware that the law was changed in 1995 to
gradually increase the State Pension age for women from
60 to 65 so that it will be the same as for men. This will affect
all women born on or after 6 April 1950.

The below is from a Freedom of Information request reference Ref: VTR3730 30 September 2015

The request question was Can you please send me a dated copy of the letter issued by the DWP advising of the increase to State Pension Age of women to age 62 and 63. Please clarify when and to which group(s) of women this letter was sent out to.

The DWP had also listed the birth dates of women of 6.10.52 – 5.4.53 and also have showed that the Date of mailing was Oct 2010

The DWP had replied
A copy of the letter used during this phase of the direct mail campaign is attached.

I have copied the first part of this letter which was written:

This letter gives you some important information about changes to the State Pension age for women and how these changes affect you – please read it carefully.
On average, people are living longer and the role of women in the workplace has changed significantly over recent years. As a result, we are increasing the State Pension age for women from 60 to 65, so that it will be the same as for men. We are introducing this change gradually between 2010 and 2020 and it affects all women
who were born on or after 6 April 1950.

MY FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST IS:

In the VTR3730 30 September 2015 freedom of information the DWP had said that the birth dates of women of 6.10.52 – 5.4.53 showed that the Date of mailing was Oct 2010 when it was reported in the Freedom of Information Request VTR 3235 Date 13/08/2015 was Letter 2c 6/10/54 – 5/4/55 (men and women affected) Mailing Date Feb 2012 which is correct information?

The start of both the copy letters that the DWP had sent to Foi VTR 3235 and VTR3730 had different words and information have the DWP replied back to the foi with different letters to the same group of people ?

From a Freedom of Information request Ref: VTR3732
DATE: 18 September 2015
In which the below person ask the questions set out below

Dear D Smulders,

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request of 03/09/2015. You asked:
In a recent Freedom of Information Request you state that "Between April 2009 and March 2011, the Department mailed all women born between 6th April 1950 and 5th April 1953, informing them of their State Pension age under the 1995 Pensions Act.".

My question is why were these letters only sent to this group of women and not those women born after 5 April 1953?

The DWP had replied back as:

The mailing campaign based on Pensions Act 1995 was stopped in March 2011 to allow for the outcome of Pensions Act 2011.

Pensions Act 2011 changed the timetable for equalisation; mailing based on Pensions Act 1995 was therefore halted in March 2011.
If you have any queries about this letter please contact me quoting the reference number above.

Yours sincerely,
DWP Strategy FoI Team

MY FREEDOM OF INFORMATIO REQUEST IS:

Were different letters sent out to men and women when informing both sexes of changes to the Pension Act?

Men were not affected by the 1995 Pension Act and only were affected by the 2011 Pension Act, therefore a different message would have to be given to both sexes please could you send me what differential messages were send to inform men and women on the 1995 and the 2011 Pension Acts to both men and women Born between 6/4/55 – 5/4/1960

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

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/e...

Yours faithfully,

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'.

I have not received an answer to this request

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/e...

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'.

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Yours faithfully,

LANGTON

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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'.

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still waiting
Yours sincerely,

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'.

still waiting for a reply over the 20 day period

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Yours faithfully,

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'.

I had sent this request on 30 September 2018 it is now 2 months over due your response to my request is long overdue. By law, under all circumstances, the authority you DWP should have responded by now

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/e...

Yours faithfully,

LANGTON

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I am writing in response to your request for information, received 30
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Your response is attached

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