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‘Very difficult to go back’ on Waspi women
On inflation, Ms Truss notes the “massive shock to the global economy – it is important we get a grip on inflation, but inflation is forecast to peak this year and fall afterwards”.
“We shouldn’t bake that into the future, I think it’s really important we get inflation down so we can help you get on the housing ladder.”
Patricia, a Waspi woman, says people in her situation feel “disrespected” and “undervalued”.
Will she reopen the case? Ms Truss replies: “I’ve had many representations in my surgery in Norfolk on this subject, and I do think in the pensions and tax system we haven’t looked after women fairly and women have suffered. I do think it’s a problem.
“One thing I have said I will do is review our overall tax system to make it fairer for families, to make it fairer for people who take time out of work to look after children and look after families. To be honest with you, and I have to be honest, on this specific case of the Waspi women I don’t think it was handled very well at the time… but I think where we are now, it would be very difficult to go back. I’m sorry but I have to be honest about the situation.”