Justin Madders, MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston, joined constituents at a recent lobby of Parliament to show his support for the Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) campaign.
The campaign is fighting for compensation for women born on or after 6 April 1951 who are facing hardship in retirement as a result of the government’s changes to their state pension age.
“I was happy to sign a pledge to call on the government to implement fair transitional arrangements for WASPI women affected by the State Pension Age changes. MPs from most political parties signed this pledge, representing the widespread concern of parliamentarians of this issue.
“The 1995 Pensions Act increased women’s state pension age to 65, the same as men’s. At the time, many organisations recommended that the government should ensure that the women affected were given fair notice of the changes but they were ignored and, as a result, hundreds of thousands of women have had their plans for retirement shattered.
“It is totally unacceptable that these women are heading for financial hardship in old age because the government failed to communicate the changes with them effectively. The government must reconsider their stance on this important issue and implement fair transitional State Pension arrangements so that these women get the retirement they deserve.”