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Black calls on Ross to back WASPI women

Mhairi Black – demanding signature

Mhairi Black, the SNP MP, has called on new Tory member Douglas Ross to sign a parliamentary motion supportong women campaigning for the restoration of pension rights after he pledged to do so during the election campaign.

Mr Ross posed for campaign photographs while he was seeking votes – pledging to support so-called WASPI women who will lose their pensions as a result of the changes to state pension age, “and to work in Parliament to find a solution to those affected.” 

Ms Black says he has so-far failed to support the women in Wednesday’s parliamentary motion, and refused to say if he intends to do so. 

She said: “Douglas Ross must sign this motion in support of these women- otherwise his actions reek of hypocrisy. He was happy to pose with these women during his election campaign while seeking votes – now he must show a stand against his party’s damaging policy. 

“I cannot believe we are still having to argue the case for WASPI women, and that the UK government has failed to listen. 

“For the government to say they can’t afford to pay these women what they are owed is laughable. They can find a billion pounds to cling on to power, but they can’t find the money to give women the pensions that they are due. 

“These women are guilty of nothing. They have had the misfortune of being female and being born in the 1950s and live under this UK government who refuses to do the right thing. 

“This is an issue of equality. The UK government must take responsibility and Douglas Ross must do the right thing for these women who are missing out on their pension.”

WASPI  (Women Against State Pension Inequality) is campaigning against changes to the age when women can claim their state pension. It says they were not properly informed and that the government has effectively broken a contract by denying them the right to claim after paying in their full dues.

4 Comments to Black calls on Ross to back WASPI women

  1. Thank god Mhairi is fighting for us women robbed of our pension we have worked so hard for. I was hit hard as I didn’t get any letter and thought like most of the women I would get pension at 60 after starting work at 15. I am now 64. Devastated they can get away with this. So unfair.

  2. Thank you for keeping up with this apalling situation Mhairi. The money was paid by us in good faith that our pension was secure and would be paid at age 60. I have paid NI at various rates (without a break in payments) since 1974: I and many other women kept my / our half of the deal so why can’t the Government do the same? It is all good to say that people only need to pay into the scheme for 30 years now, I have already paid into the scheme for 44 years (1974 – 2018) yet now need to wait another 6 years to receive what I paid for!

    To add to the discussion: Equality does not mean treating everyone the same instead it means levelling up the playing field, in this case true equality has not been understood by those who made the changes. Shame on them!


  3. Mhairi is absolutely right, if Mr Ross promised to support WASPI before the Election, he should be giving that support now. I had less than 3 years notice from the DWP that I would not receive my SP until I was 66, when previously expecting it on my 60th birthday – after paying full NI contributions for 42 years.

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