Roberta Blackman-Woods MP today paid tribute to the large number of WASPI campaigners who attended the Town Hall today to form a Durham branch of national WASPI campaign (Women Against State Pension Inequality).
“WASPI is a great campaign that seeks to fight the injustice done to women born in the 1950s (on or after 6 April 1951) regarding the changes to their state pension age.
“The 1995 Conservative Government’s Pension Act included plans to increase women’s SPA (State Pension Age) to 65, the same as men’s. I know that WASPI agrees with equalisation but I am pleased it does not agree with the unfair way the changes were implemented – with little/no personal notice of the implications of the 1995 and 2011 Pension Acts, with faster action than promised (2011 Pension Act), and no time to make alternative plans. I know that many constituents’ Retirement plans have been shattered as a consequence of this.
“Roberta said, it’s important that as many people as possible back the aim of the campaign which is - to achieve fair transitional state pension arrangements for women born in the 1950’s (born on or after 6 April 1951).
The MP continued,
“I am delighted that a branch of WASPI is to be set up in Durham and I look forward to working with them to develop a plan of action over the coming months. I am very grateful to Mary, Maria and Sylvia for agreeing to coordinate the group. In the meantime, I shall be writing to the Secretary of State of DWP, The Rt Hon Damien Green MP to ask that the Government put better transitional arrangements in place for this group of women.”