Party leaders must state position on pensions for women

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Hundreds of thousands of women had significant pension changes imposed on them by the Pensions Acts of 1995 and 2011, with little or no personal notification of the changes. Some women had only two years notice of a six-year increase to their state pension age.

 Many women born in the 1950's are living in hardship. Retirement plans have been shattered with devastating consequences. Many of these women are already out of the labour market, caring for elderly relatives, providing childcare for grandchildren, or suffer discrimination in the workplace so struggle to find employment.

 Women born in this decade are suffering financially. These women have worked hard, raised families and paid their tax and national insurance with the expectation that they would be financially secure when reaching 60. Many, such as myself, have had over £40,000 taken from them with the stroke of a wealthy politician's pen.

It is not the pension age itself that is in dispute - it is widely accepted that women and men should retire at the same time.

 The issue is that the rise in the women's state pension age has been too rapid and has happened without sufficient notice being given to the women affected, leaving them with no time to make alternative arrangements.

I call upon Party leaders to state clearly, before the General Election, whether they support transitional payments for women born on or after 6th April 1951, so that these women do not live in hardship due to pension changes they were not informed of until it was too late to make alternative arrangements.



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