UK - The parliamentary ombudsman has released a special report condemning the government's "disappointing" response to her Equitable Life recommendations.
The report - Injustice unremedied: the government's response to Equitable Life - was been laid before parliament today. It follows her first Equitable report in July, last year.
This report is only the fifth such "unremedied injustice" or special report ever produced by the ombudsman since its creation in 1967.
Abraham said: "The government's response to my report was deeply disappointing. It provided insufficient support for the rejection of my findings of maladministration and injustice. It also begged a rather larger question as to what the purpose of regulation was supposed to be."
She questioned the appointment of Sir John Chadwick to oversee the ex gratia scheme.
"There is no detailed timetable for this work; the link between maladministration, injustice and the remedy to be provided has been broken; and there is no definition of the concept of "disproportionate impact" which is to govern eligibility for a payment.
"Whatever the outcome of the work to be done by Sir John, it is clear that not everyone who has suffered injustice will be eligible for a payment and that not all of the injustice suffered will be put right."
She said the injustice identified in her report would not be remedied through the government's response.
Liberal Democrat Treasury spokesman Vince Cable and Conservative MP Andrew Tyrie have tabled an early day motion supporting the report.
Cable said: "The government has used every cynical trick in the book to duck its responsibilities to Equitable Life policyholders. The ombudsman found evidence of both maladministration and injustice in the government's regulation of Equitable Life, findings which ministers rejected without basis."
Cable said 30,000 people have already died waiting for a just resolution to the Equitable Life saga.
"Policy-holders should not have to wait any longer. The government must accept the recommendations of the ombudsman on compensating those who have suffered loss," he said.
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