Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, is supporting calls for the Government to support the WASPI women who have been badly affected by the Coronavirus crisis.
Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) is urging the Government to:
- Allow WASPI women who would otherwise be eligible to have early access to pension credit
- Give early access to the State Pension for those WASPI women who are due to reach State Pension age this financial year
The WASPI campaign represents many of the 3.8 million women born in the 1950s who were affected by changes to their State Pension age, which were implemented in the 1995 and 2011 Pensions Acts.
The Coronavirus outbreak is having a disproportionate impact the on 1950s-born women who are already suffering severe hardship, and now find themselves in an even more challenging position.
Andrew Gwynne said:
“For the past few years, I have been proud to support the WASPI campaign and the 1950s-born women who have been treated so unfairly by the Government’s handling of the change in the state pension age.
“These changes have caused a great deal of hardship for many WASPI women and unfortunately the Coronavirus outbreak and accompanying lockdown have made matters far worse.
“That’s why I’m joining calls for the Government to provide vital support for WASPI women at this time.”