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Parliament to debate Govt’s rejection of Eq Life recommendations

The Liberal Democrats will be using part of their opposition day on Wednesday to debate the Government’s role in paying compensation to Equitable Life policyholders.

The opposition day motion is based on an early day motion tabled by Shadow Chancellor Vince Cable which calls for the Government to accept the recommendations of the Ombudsman on compensation policyholders.

The motion has attracted 335 signatures of support from cross-party MPs.

The EDM says: “That this House notes the Parliamentary Ombudsman has taken the unusual step of using powers under the 1967 Act to present Parliament with a further and final report on Equitable Life; also notes that the Public Administration Select Committee’s second report on Equitable Life, Justice denied? concluded that the Government response to the Parliamentary Ombudsman’s report was inadequate as a remedy for injustice; recognises the vital role the Ombudsman plays in public life; reaffirms the duty of Parliament to support the office of the Ombudsman; believes the Government should accept the recommendations of the Ombudsman on compensating policyholders who have suffered loss; welcomes the formation of the All-Party Group on Justice for Equitable Life Policyholders; and notes with regret its necessary formation and the fact that over 30,000 people have already died waiting for a just resolution to this saga.”

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  1. This Government should hang their heads in shame. Why have a Parliamentary Ombudsman, then ignore, procrastinate and waffle on and on ..another 15 people died today awaiting Unremedied Justice….Despicable.

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