Women take state pen­sion fight to UK Govern­ment

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

A pe­ti­tion de­mand­ing the UK Govern­ment re­duces the state pen­sion age for women born in the 1950s has been de­liv­ered to West­min­ster after gain­ing hun­dreds of Ruther­glen sig­na­tures.

The 1995 Pen­sions Act leg­is­lated to bring the state pen­sion age for women in line with the age for men over two decades, but the 2011 Pen­sions Act rapidly ac­cel­er­ated the orig­i­nal timetable and the 2.6 mil­lion women af­fected by the changes – born in the 1950s – were not in­formed.

The UK Govern­ment has so far re­fused to act, claim­ing that tran­si­tional mea­sures would cost £30bn. But re­search com­mis­sioned by the SNP has found that it would cost sig­nif­i­cantly less at £8bn.

Lo­cal Women Against State Pen­sion In­equal­ity (WASPI) cam­paign­ers have gath­ered hun­dreds of sig­na­tures in sup­port of their pe­ti­tion.

It was pre­sented in the House of Commons cham­ber by Mar­garet Fer­rier, MP for Ruther­glen and Hamil­ton West, last Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 11, be­fore be­ing sent with dozens of oth­ers from across the UK to the West­min­ster Govern­ment for a for­mal re­sponse.

Ms Fer­rier said: “Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang’s WASPI cam­paign­ers have ev­ery right to be up­set and an­gry with the UK Govern­ment on this is­sue. When pen­sion changes oc­cur, peo­ple should be given the right amount of time to ad­just their pen­sion plans. Many of th­ese women have been given lit­tle or no no­tice.

“Ap­prox­i­mately 2.6 mil­lion women have been hit by rapid rises to their state pen­sion age – some­thing which is grossly un­fair. Yes, the state pen­sion age should be equalised, but it needs to be done in a fairer way. Th­ese women have paid na­tional in­surance con­tri­bu­tions and are due their pen­sions.”

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