McAvoy gets be­hind fight for pen­sions

Coun­cil leader back­sWASPI

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Jonathan Ged­des

The leader of South La­nark­shire Coun­cil has thrown his sup­port be­hind a cam­paign group who are bat­tling against pen­sion changes.

Ed­die McAvoy has backed Women Against State Pen­sion In­equal­ity (WASPI) and has sent a let­ter to pen­sions sec­re­tary Richard Har­ring­ton, ask­ing that the changes be looked at.

His let­ter states: “I am writ­ing to you in sup­port of the Women Against State Pen­sion In­equal­ity (WASPI) cam­paign.

“While South La­nark­shire Coun­cil has a strong record of of­fer­ing as­sis­tance to em­ploy­ees as they plan their re­tire­ment, there is no doubt that el­e­ments of the Pen­sions Acts of 1995 and 2011 have had a neg­a­tive ef­fect on a large num­ber of women born in the 1950s.

“I note that since leav­ing the post of pen­sions m i n i s t e r Baro n e s s Alt­mann has since gone on record to ad­mit the cur­rent govern­ment has not ad­e­quately ad­dressed the hard­ships faced by some women as a re­sult of these changes in leg­is­la­tion, and she added that the WASPI cam­paign had no sup­port among Min­is­ters.

“As you are the new min­is­ter wi t h re­spon­si­bil­ity for pen­sions, as part of a new team un­der a new prime min­is­ter and a new sec­re­tary of state, I hope that you will bring a fresh and more sym­pa­thetic ap­proach to this is­sue and lis­ten to de­mands for a fair sys­tem of tran­si­tional pay­ments.”

WASPI cam­paign­ers are an­gered about the lack of no­tice they have been given re­gard­ing changes to their pen­sions.

UK leg­is­la­tion has ac­cel­er­ated the timetable for pen­sion change by two years, mean­ing the state pen­sion age will reach 65 for women by Novem­ber 2018 and 66 by 2020.

As a re­sult, women born on or af­ter April 6, 1951, face hav­ing to wait longer than they ex­pected to draw their state pen­sion.

Burnside woman Anne Pot­ter set up the South La­nark­shire branch of WASPI, and wel­comed the coun­cil leader’s let­ter.

She said: “We’ re de­lighted. It’s al­ways good to have an­other coun­cil on­board. The na­tional aim is to get as many coun­cils on board as we can, so we will be pro­gress­ing with that in Oc­to­ber.”

I am writ­ing to you in sup­port of WASPI

Sup­port Cllr McAvoy

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