Denton and Reddish MP, Andrew Gwynne, joined a mass lobby of Parliament organised by the Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) campaign and supported by UNISON to show his support for the campaign to implement fair transitional arrangements for women nearing retirement age who stand to lose out under current pension provision.
The campaign is fighting for compensation for women born on or after 6 April 1951 who are facing hardship in retirement as a result of the government’s changes to their state pension.
The 1995 Pensions Act increased women’s state pension age to 65, the same as men’s. At the time, many organisations recommended that the government should ensure that the women affected were given fair notice of the changes.
Gwynne joined 58 other Members of Parliament from across the political divide to sign a pledge calling on the government to implement fair transitional arrangements for WASPI women affected by changes to the state pension age.
Andrew Gwynne said:
“It is totally unacceptable that these women are heading for financial hardship in old age because the government failed to communicate the changes with them effectively.
“For many of these women letters were sent over a decade after the 1995 Pensions Act, that’s just wrong. Women could have used those years to make alternative plans for their retirement. Instead some women were only given one year’s notice of the change, others got up to five years warning, with many never receiving a letter at all.
“The government must reconsider their stance on this important issue and implement fair transitional state pension arrangements so that these women get the retirement they deserve.”