MP gives backing to pension campaign

Conor McGinn with two of the campaigners
Conor McGinn with two of the campaigners
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AN MP has given his backing to a pension campaign.

St Helens North MP Conor McGinn met with representatives of Women Against State Pension Inequality to gave his backing to the campaign.

At the meeting, Conor spoke to the campaigners about their concerns and the impact the increase in State Pension Age is having on women born on or after April 6, 1951.

The campaigners described just how much they and many other women are being adversely effected by the changes.

He said: “I know just how much these changes are impacting women born on or after April 6, 1951.

“Hundreds of thousands of women - including my mum - have had significant changes imposed on them with a lack of appropriate notification.

“It is unjust that they should be the ones to bear the burden for the equalisation of State Pension Age.

“That is why I support the WASPI campaign and my constituents who are affected, and will continue to press the Government to look again at these changes and give women like these a fair deal.”

More than 125,000 people have signed a petition calling on the Government to make fair transitional state pension arrangements for women born in the 1950s.

An increase in the state pension age (SPA) for women from 60 to 65, to be phased in between 2010 and 2020, was included in the Pensions Act 1995, but in 2011 the coalition government accelerated the changes, so that the SPA for women will increase to 65 by November 2018.

The SPA for both men and women will then rise to 66 by autumn 2020. Some women affected by both increases say they will suffer a financial loss of as much as £30,000 as a result of having to wait longer for their state pension, and many have said they were not given proper notice of the changes.