WASPIs battle pension changes
● WOMEN Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) is urging Halton women affected by the changes to the state pension law to lend support in putting pressure on the Government to introduce fair transitions pensions.
Carol Mercer, 63, is the local co-ordinator for the Halton WASPI group, and says there could be 6,000 women affected in Halton.
She said: “I found out there were 6,000 1950s women living in Halton who had been adversely affected by the rapid uninformed rise in their state pension.
“I decided Halton should have a group, so through the national campaign I started our local group in the July 2017.”
The group now run meetings most weeks in Widnes, and it has grown to boast 200 members.
Ms Mercer added: “Myself and a few of our members run a Department Of Work And Pensions complaint letter writing workshop most Fridays at the VCA St Marie’s Church, Widnes, helping women to write their complaint letters.
“My aim is to let as many women as possible know there is a campaign, and a way to complain about the unjust way they have been treated by all Governments from 1995, when this increase was first put forward, but they did not inform the women affected.
“Then in 2011 this age increase was accelerated, giving some of these women another increase with very little notice.
“The aims of the main campaign are for fair transitions pensions from the age of 60 to your new state pension age, or fair compensation for the years lost.
“For example some women received pension age 62 so they have lost two years.”
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A recent WASPI meeting