Anne fights back over pen­sion change sting

WASPI group set up

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Jonathan Ged­des

A Burn­side woman has set up a group for lo­cal women set to lose thou­sands of pounds in what they call un­fair pen­sion changes.

Anne Pot­ter has launched a La­nark­shire branch of Women Against State Pen­sion Inequal­ity ( WASPI), a group fight­ing govern­ment plans to in­crease the state pen­sion age to 66 by 2020.

A UK-wide group, WASPI was set up in re­sponse to UK leg­is­la­tion ac­cel­er­at­ing the timetable for pen­sion change by two years. It means the state pen­sion age will reach 65 for women by Novem­ber 2018 and 66 by 2020.

The sec­ond change to fe­male pen­sions in 15 years, the Pen­sions Act in 1995 in­cluded plans to raise the women’s state pen­sion age to 65, the same as men, be­fore the state pen­sion age was then in­creased to 66.

Anne, 61, has now es­tab­lished WASPI Glas­gow and La­nark­shire to help fight the changes af­fect­ing women born on or af­ter April 1951.

She said: “At the mo­ment we’ve got a Face­book page and we’ve got plenty of mem­bers signed up al­ready. The idea was just to have peo­ple from Ruther­glen, Cam­bus­lang and La­nark­shire but we’ve had some peo­ple from far­ther afield get in touch too.

“It’s re­ally just lo­cal women that we’re hop­ing to have join up now, who might want to do what they can to help.”

Ex­plain­ing women were be­com­ing more aware of how the changes to pen­sions would af­fect them, Anne said: “Peo­ple are pass­ing on the in­for­ma­tion to each other and they want to do some­thing to as­sist the cause.

“There are plans for a big demon­stra­tion in Lon­don on Wed­nes­day June 29 and we’re look­ing at send­ing some­one down to it so I’m co­or­di­nat­ing the travel for those who are def­i­nitely go­ing.”

For more in­for­ma­tion on the group email Anne at waspi­glas73@ gmail.com

Protest Anne (sec­ond from left) along with other women af­fected by the changes

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