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.