Women ready for pension demonstration

Women from Fylde and Wyre will be travelling to a mass demonstration in London on Wednesday  to protest the about lack of information given to them about their pensions.

Friday, 3rd March 2017, 1:51 pm
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 11:03 am
Campaigners at a previous protest

The event coincides with Budget day and is also International Women’s Day.

The women are members of the national Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) campaign.

In 1995, the Government changed the law so that the age at which a woman could receive a state pension would move in line with men to 65.

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Organiser Jackie Marsden said: ‘Of course we support bringing about equality in pensions between men and women.

“But the problem is that the government didn’t inform women when they made the change in 1995.

“Then, in 2011, the coalition government decided that the new pension age of 65 would be brought in two years earlier in 2018 and for both sexes it would rise to 66 in 2020.

“Again many women weren’t informed of this change either. We are still meeting women in Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde who genuinely believe they will get their pension at 60.

“The lack of notice has caused real problems, not allowing women time to plan for their later retirement and pushing many into financial hardship.”