Supporting the fight against Women's State Pension Inequality
WOMEN AGAINST STATE PENSION INEQUALITY (WASPI) IS A CAMPAIGN AGAINST THE WAY IN WHICH THE STATE PENSION AGE FOR MEN AND WOMEN WAS EQUALISED.
SIR PETER HAS CAMPAIGNED ALONGSIDE LOCAL AND NATIONAL CAMPAIGNING GROUPS TO SUPPORT GREATER RECOGNITION OF THE ISSUES FACED BY WOMEN CAUGHT BETWEEN THE EQUALISATION AGE BRACKETS.
The Ongoing Campaign
Alongside my colleagues, I remain fully committed to achieving justice and I echo the views expressed by the co-chairs of the APPG outlined in the attached statement.
Today's judgement is but one event in a long campaign for justice and equality.
It is important not to be put off or deterred from pursuing this issue as a result of this setback and continue working.
For ease of understanding, below is a link to a recent BBC News article that explains what the court has decided and why: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-49917315
The Ongoing Campaign
Changes that came in a number of years ago have a severe impact on some women born in the 1950s as their pensionable ages rise from 60 to 66. It is estimated that up to one million women will be affected by these changes.
Curiously, the recommendation to bring women into voting, some years before they could vote at the same age as men, was associated with voting registration for servicemen under the age of 21.
Many women are now coming up to what they thought would be their retirement age, only to find out that they will be required to work another six years with no additional support from the Government.
I am proud to support the WASPI - Women Against State Pension Inequality Campaign, taking their concerns to the Government and ensuring that my colleauges are aware of the facts behind the issue.
The WASPI women have been incredibly active over the past year in bringing this issue to Parliament. Whether it be attending their October rally in Parliament Square or meeting with Worthing's local group in April, I have seen first hand the ardor and dedication behind this campaign.
There’s a strong view in Parliament that something more needs to be done. The number of supporters increases - the campaign continues.
With Tim Loughton MP, I continue to support the WASPI campaign.
There is more thinking and work to be done, though we can note progress.