A Labour motion put to a vote in the House of Commons calling on the Government to put in place transitional arrangements for those women hit by the state pension changes has been defeated by only twenty four votes.
The motion was tabled by the Labour frontbench, and called on the Government to put in place modest transitional arrangements. Several Conservative Members of Parliament voted in favour of the motion.
A cross-party group will now convene to lobby Ministers at the Department for Work and Pensions and call on the Chancellor, George Osborne, and the Secretary of State, Iain Duncan Smith, to put in place transitional arrangements.
Local MP Andrew Gwynne spoke in the debate and voted in favour of the motion, and will become a member of the new cross-party group. He has previously challenged the Prime Minister and DWP Ministers on the matter.
In his speech to the House of Commons, Andrew Gwynne MP said:
“We are calling on the Government to set out a process of transitional arrangements for the group of women affected, who have been served a real injustice.
“I am not concerned about the who, where, how or what. When my kids are squabbling, they get put on the naughty step; I am not bothered about the who, why, where or what. We are where we are, as the WASPI [Women Against State Pension Inequality] women appreciate. The real injustice is that they have been denied fair transitional arrangements.”
That this House notes that the e-petition 110776, Make fair transitional state pension arrangements for 1950s women, has attracted more than 150,000 signatures; and calls on the Government to bring forward proposals for transitional arrangements for women adversely affected by the acceleration of the increase in the state pension age.