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Women’s state pension age campaign due in court

Waspi

The Waspi group has been campaigning for compensation


 

A campaign over the change to women’s state pension age will reach the High Court in London today where a judge will be asked to decide if the UK government acted fairly.

Two prominent groups representing women born in the 1950s have argued that they were not given enough warning about the deferral in their retirement age from 60 to 66.

It has resulted in many women having to seek other means to support themselves financially, often without success because employers have been unwilling to hire them. Some retired early or received divorce settlements on the basis that they would get their pension at 60.

A judicial review has been brought by the campaign group BackTo60 and will take place today and tomorrow.

The campaign group Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) claims that the way the increases were introduced has impacted hundreds of thousands of women born in the 1950s, specifically on or after 6 April 1951.

“We are angry that we have been treated unfairly and unequally just because of the day we were born,” it states on its website.




The campaigners say they do not disagree with the equalisation, but are campaigning against the process by which the changes were made.

“Significant changes to the age we receive our state pension have been imposed upon us with a lack of appropriate notification, with little or no notice and much faster than we were promised – some of us have been hit by more than one increase,” says WASPI.

A Department for Work and Pensions spokesperson said: “The government decided more than 20 years ago that it was going to make the State Pension age the same for men and women as a long-overdue move towards gender equality, and this has been clearly communicated.

“People are living longer so we need to raise the age at which all of us can draw a State Pension, so it is sustainable now and for future generations.”

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4 Comments to Women’s state pension age campaign due in court

  1. My date of birth is 8.4.54 I will not receive my state pension until 65yrs 7 month. I taught for 40yrs taking 6 yrs out to ave children, which was my only option as child care in the 1980 was difficult and did not live near relatives. I have a teacher’s pension, I paid for . I was never informed that there would be a change from 64 which was my pension age due the changes, I paid in what other product would not pay out when they said or not inform the changes.

  2. I am one of the cheated women that should be enjoying my precious time with my retired husband who now has to continue work to keep us above board .I work part time and care for my housebound mum pick up the grandkids from school so it financially help out my family .all this destroys what should be quality time after working hard all our lives .how can this be acceptable .kind regards worn out 62 years old .

  3. Im one of the many women affected by not having my pension at 60 im nealy 63 and having to struggle to make ends meet on £73 10p a week i have to go to the job centre every fortnight im on j s a and i feel like im being punished twice as im not able to find a job and being treated like a school leaver and ive had to go on different courses i brought up children and i divorced after 37yrs of metal abuse and i get very depressed i can t afford the heating on

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