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As regular readers of my column will know I am a proud supporter of the WASPI campaign for pension equality.
The campaigners have done a brilliant job in making WASPI a household name. The term is an abbreviation for Women Against State Pension Inequality.
Whilst they have made the campaign fun with excellent slogans and a vibrant approach the campaign is actually a very serious one. Women born in the 1950s have had their planned retirement snatched away from them.
Women who have been working hard for many years thought that they would retire at 60 but because of pension age changes based on life expectancy this was increased to be equal to the same state pension age of a man to 65 and it will continue increase in line with the male state pension age. The date you can claim your state pension will depend on the date of your birth.
The objective of the group isn’t actually against the state pension age for women being brought into line with and increasing at the same rate as the state pension age for men. The campaigners are calling on the government to make fair transitional arrangements because of the poor notification they received about the changes. They effectively planned for a retirement which would become robbed from them. This has resulted in financial hardship and a great deal of stress for the woman in this age group and their families.
I continue to have women contact my office with their own personal stories of the hardship this has inflicted on them. The government need to offer these woman the justice they deserve and have been fighting so hard for.
With the Chancellor delivering the budget on the 8 March the group are taking the fight to Parliament on budget day to make another loud and clear statement to the government to give them this justice and to consider them in the budget. I will continue to support the campaign and I won’t stop pressing the government until they do the correct thing.
As regular readers of my column will know I am a proud supporter of the WASPI campaign for pension equality. The campaigners have done a brilliant job in making WASPI...
Alison McGovern MP responds to this morning's news regarding the Vauxhall takeover deal
"I have visited the Ellesmere Port site many times. It is an incredible and very productive site with a dedicated and highly skilled workforce, who will be working on the current model until 2021. That is not changed by today's news. What is important now is the long-term future of the site in terms of employment, pensions and investment.
Vauxhall is a crucial employer in Wirral which employs many of my constituents. There will be understandable concern following this latest news. I do share this concern but I am focusing on the discussions which have already started with the Business Secretary Greg Clarke about the Ellesmere Port plant, alongside Unite the union, and these will obviously continue. I am will be working with local politicians including the MP for Ellesmere Port Justin Madders and others to protect the future of this site, whoever the owning group.
The Government must demonstrate that whatever the Brexit deal, the automotive sector has a strong future. I will be holding them to account for the commitment they have made to my constituents.”
Alison McGovern MP responds to this morning's news regarding the Vauxhall takeover deal "I have visited the Ellesmere Port site many times. It is an incredible and very productive site...
Bebington made the national news this week when it was named as the most desirable postcode in England to live in by the Centre for Economics and Business Research and the Royal Mail.
It is not the first time Bebington has been crowned as the best postcode in England to live.
Commenting on the news the MP for the area Alison McGovern said:
"It has been revealed this week that Bebington, in my constituency, is the top most desirable place to live in England. This won’t come as a surprise to anyone from the area, as there is plenty of open space such as beautiful parks and woodland areas, fantastic schools, and is in between two great cities, Liverpool and Chester. I am very proud to represent such a wonderful area."
Bebington made the national news this week when it was named as the most desirable postcode in England to live in by the Centre for Economics and Business Research and...
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