Local MP Andrew Gwynne has joined local campaigners at Labour’s Party Conference in Liverpool to support their campaign to put in place a fairer deal for women who were hit unfairly by changes to their pension age.
Legislation introduced by the Tory government in 1995 and reaffirmed in the Tory coalition Pensions Act of 2011 mean that women born on or after 6 April 1951 are being unfairly hit by an increase in the state pension age. Many of them were entirely unaware of the changes and were not warned by Government agencies prior to their expected retirement. The resulting impact has left many women who have worked their entire life without employment and adequate support, having not been able to put their own arrangements in place.
Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) do not oppose pension age equalisation, but do not agree with the unfair way the changes were implemented. Many people’s retirement plans have been shattered with devastating consequences due to poor preparation and communication on the Governments part.
Andrew Gwynne MP said:
“I have supported this campaign for a long while now and continue to work with a cross-section of colleagues in Parliament to push for proper and adequate transitional arrangements for women affected by these changes.
“The whole process was done without adequate notice and with no transitional arrangements meaning people haven’t been able to make alternative financial arrangements.”