Last Friday I met with local women campaigning for state pension equality.
I have met with constituents previously but wanted to give women from the Wirral a chance to attend a public meeting and discuss the issue.
The Women Against State Pension Inequality campaign (WASPI) is an action group campaigning against the unfair changes to the State Pension Age imposed on women born in the 1950’s.
They have done a great job in raising awareness and making their case. I applaud their efforts and I plan to meet again with women who are affected by this injustice. The WASPI campaign has gained a lot of momentum thanks to the campaigning efforts of the women who have been affected.
I spoke in a debate in parliament this month about this topic and I am calling on the government to recognise the unfairness of these changes and to make fair transitional arrangements.
My generation owe everything to those women who were born in the 1950s and who fought for the Equal Pay Act 1970 and for all the advantages that have given us any chance and I relayed this in the parliamentary debate.
There was a great turn out for the meeting held last week which doesn’t surprise me as I know how strongly people feel about this issue. I will continue to push for these women’s voice to be heard and I plan to hold future meetings with the women I met with on Friday.