Women and the State Pension age

I congratulate Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) for their campaign against the injustice facing women born in the 1950s as a consequence of changes in government policy on when women become eligible for a state retirement pension.

The Pensions Act 1995 provided for the State Pension age (SPA) for women to increase from 60 to 65 over the period April 2010 to 2020. The Coalition Government legislated in the Pensions Act 2011 to accelerate the latter part of this timetable, so that women’s SPA will now reach 65 in November 2018, with the SPA reaching 66 in October 2020.

Some women born in the 1950s have been hit particularly hard by these changes, with significant changes to their State Pension age imposed without an appropriate notification period.

I have made representations on this issue to Iain Duncan Smith, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on behalf of constituents who have contacted me.

I will continue to pursue this and call on the government to make transitional payments to assist the women disadvantaged by their proposals.

WASPI’s petition can be found here: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/110776

Information from the HMRC website: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-insurance-application-for-specified-adult-childcare-credits-ca9176

Update: 16.05.16

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