Alison McGovern

Wirral South

WASPI women from across the North West come together to continue fight for pension equality

On Saturday 28 May I held a meeting for WASPI campaigners who are fighting for women’s pension equality.

As regular readers of my column will know I have been campaigning alongside local women who have been affected by the increase in women’s state pension age.

The injustice affects women born in the 1950’s and it has led to women who were born in this decade coming together from all over the country to fight for fair transitional arrangements but so far the government has failed to act to correct this unfairness.

It is important for campaigners to come together to share experiences and ideas and to have a chance to have the chance to speak directly with a number of politicians at the same time and I wanted to provide this opportunity.

On Saturday I was joined in Liverpool by a number of fellow Labour MP’s including Shadow Health Minister Barbara Keeley. Barbara is the chair of the recently formed All Parliamentary Group dedicated to the issue. 

I want to thank all the campaigners which included a number of men who are also equally as annoyed at the injustice faced by their partners and family members and the politicians who attended the meeting to plan the next steps in the campaign. Many people came along to show their support on the day

It is important that we carry on highlighting this issue with the objective of making the government act on making fair arrangements.

I know women in my constituency have been very keen to sign the Public Petition to Parliament which was recently launched.

Please contact my office for more information on this.

This issue has serious consequences for women’s financial security and it needs to be kept in the spotlight.

I want to give a special mention in this week’s column to all those who care for people in Wirral. Carers week runs from the 6 to 12 June and I want to thank all those who do such a difficult and valuable job in looking after those who need care. I know that Wired (Wirral Information Resource for Equality and Diversity) will be holding a number of events for carers week so for more information please contact them on 0151 670 0777 or email cws@wired.me.uk and you can find out more information about carers week here www.carersweek.org

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