Alison McGovern MP held a public meeting last Friday afternoon to meet with WASPI (Women Against State Pension Inequality) campaigners alongside fellow Wirral MPs Margaret Greenwood and Angela Eagle.
Ahead of the budget on Wednesday Alison is urging the government to take prompt action to correct an injustice that has affected women born in the 1950’s.
Speaking of the campaign Alison said: “I would make a plea to the Chancellor to implement fair state pension transitional arrangements for women born in the 1950s in his budget this week. This issue affects women and their families across the country and the government need to do the right thing by correcting this injustice. It is clear that the poor notification of the changes to the state pension age and the changes themselves have caused much anxiety for the women and their families who were planning for their retirement with some people telling me that their health has suffered as a result of the stress.
She added “Women of the generation affected by these changes have contributed a great deal not only to our economy over the years that they have been working but also to society over their working years. Among those at the meeting were women who have been carers and teachers for example. Whilst a gender pay gap still exists despite legislation brought in decades ago with the “Equal Pay Act” women of this generation have paved the way for women of my generation to experience more equality in our jobs and in society. Whilst what will be announced in the budget remains to be known I want to pay tribute to this group of women who have come together to create their own campaign to make their voices heard. Despite the issue being a very serious issue the campaigners have brought a lot of vibrant energy and have led a campaign that has gathered a lot of momentum and attention. I congratulate them on their efforts and hope that the government does the right thing by them.”