There have been some huge political events this year that have dominated the headlines but I’d like to highlight a campaign that you may not have heard about which could have a big impact on women across the country.
Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) is a group set up to lobby on behalf of women born in the 1950s who are subject to rapid short-notice changes in their state pension age.
It has long been planned to equalise the pension age of men and women. However, in order to save money, the Conservative-Liberal Democrat Coalition Government opted to accelerate this process in 2011. As a result, women born after April 1951 are discovering that they will not receive their pension when they expected and have a limited amount of time to make alternative arrangements.
This Friday (16th Sept 10am) WASPI is holding a demonstration outside Manchester Town Hall to highlight the campaign. Many women are only now realising what the Government’s policy means for them, so it is important to spread the word that pension ages are changing. Over 99,000 women will be impacted in Greater Manchester alone.
If you think that someone you know may be affected you can check the new pension entitlement age here.
While I agree the equalising the state pension age is the right thing to do, it is unfair that this group of women will be penalised and transitional arrangements must be put into place as soon as possible.
Labour has put forward six different options for the Government to consider and has forced several votes in the House of Commons, but the Government still refuses to act.
As well as voting to support those affected I have been lobbying the Minister responsible for this on behalf on my constituents. If you have any concerns about your pension as a result of the Government’s position then please get in contact with me and I will be happy to raise your case with the Minister.