Pension campaign heads to London

Members of the Lincolnshire and Rutland WASPI.
Members of the Lincolnshire and Rutland WASPI.

Around 50 people, including at least three from the Boston area, will be heading to London on Wednesday to campaign against state pension inequality.

The Lincolnshire and Rutland WASPI (Women Against State Pension Inequality) members will be joining 200 others from around the United Kington in a ‘Mass Choir’ singing the organisations anthem outside the Houses of Parliament.

The date of the event coincides with Suffragettes Marching on Parliament, on June 29, 1909

The event aims to highlight the ‘hardship and unfairness suffered’ by women born on or after April 6, 1951, as a result of Government changes to the State Pension Age (SPA) and, in particular, the lack of notice given to the changes, by the Department for Work and Pensions.

WASPI was started in April 2015, by women affected by changes to the SPA in the 1995 and 2011 Pensions Acts.

It says it does not object to the increase in the SPA, but represents women who have been ‘unfairly disadvantaged’ by the speed of the increase, and the absence of notice.

One member, Linda, said: “I rang the DWP in 2008 to find out my pension age and they told me 62.

“I worked out my finances so that I could leave work to care for my husband who had a serious cancer diagnosis but then received a letter four years later saying that not two but six years had been added to my pension age.

“The misinformation and lack of notice has made life very difficult for me. The Government need to step in and sort out the mess.”

The women will gather at Grantham station from 9.30am. The choir is set to start from 12.30pm with MPs joining at 12.45pm.

Boston and Skegness MP Matt Warman has previously said that transitional protection, pushing back the change for some women would not add further complication to the system and could also cost taxpayers many billions of pounds.

He said: “I would, however, consider supporting a change that smoothed the process if one was presented.”

He said a new Single Tier Pension will be much fairer for women.

For more information on the group and the campaign email lincswaspi@gmail.com