Judicial review begins
Women’s state pension age campaign due in court
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.”