Remember holidays? Back in those heady pre-Covid days, we’d squirrel away money to splash out on restaurants by the beach, theme parks in the sun, or hurtling down mountains on a couple of planks of wood in the snow. Bliss.
Now imagine you’d been putting aside money for a big family holiday – one of those once in a lifetime adventures. But just before you were due to leave, the travel agent sends you a letter telling you that all that planning, all that saving, all that excitement had been for nought. The holiday had been rescheduled to happen in… six years.
This is what happened to 6,400 women in the Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath Constituency. Except, it’s not a holiday, it’s their state pension – all because the Department for Work and Pensions ‘failed to make reasonable decisions’ and were guilty of ‘maladministration’.
Not my words, but those of the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman who has been tasked with looking into the whole sorry affair...
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