Leader of the house Harriet Harman revealed in Parliament that despite previous promises, the Government would not be responding to the Ombudsman until the New Year.
The Conservatives blasted the Government for giving Equitable policyholders “a bleak Christmas present”.
Shadow Chancellor of George Osborne says: “Even in Parliament, Gordon Brown’s word is worth nothing.
“He has broken the promise he gave just days ago and betrayed thousands of Equitable Life savers waiting for justice.
”The Parliamentary Ombudsman’s report is a damning endictment of Gordon Brown’s failings as Chancellor and we don’t have to wait until after Christmas to know that the recommendations should be implemented and savers should be treated fairly.”