Alison McGovern

Wirral South

WASPI women take their campaign to Parliament

Last Wednesday I was very pleased to welcome WASPI campaigners from all over the country to Parliament.

The campaigners visited Parliament to hold a demonstration about pension inequality and they also took the opportunity to lobby their MP’s about the issue.

As regular readers of my column will know I have been supporting WASPI (Women Against State Pension Inequality) campaigners in their battle with the government for state pension equality.

The WASPI women came along to meet with their MPs and discuss the injustice they have faced since the increase in their state pension age and the inadequate notification they received informing them of the changes. The changes affect women born in the 1950s and their plight has led to debates in the House of Commons but so far the government have failed to take action to correct the situation.

I have been supporting this group of women since they started their campaign. I have heard their personal stories about the impact this had on their lives and finances. The government haven’t listened to them but the women will not give up. I really do hope that this demonstration leads to action for these women and their families.

The failure of the government to act has led to a public petition to parliament being launched by campaigners and Labour MP’s and an All-Party Political Group being set up for MP’s to come together and support the women affected.

I hope that the demonstration makes the government think again on this issue but if not I will continue as I have been doing over the previous months to offer my support with their campaign.

I also want to take the opportunity this week to advertise a meeting I am holding on the EU referendum result. I have been contacted by people with concerns over the vote since the referendum took place and I have spoken to people who are worried about what happens next and what this means for their lives. This is why on Sunday 10 July I will be holding a meeting at 1.30pm at Bebington Civic Centre. If you would be interested in coming along please contact my office. 

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