WASPIs bat­tle pen­sion changes

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● 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.”

To get in touch, email waspi­hal­ton@out­look.com

A re­cent WASPI meet­ing

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