LOCAL STATE PENSION CAMPAIGNERS PLAN NEXT MOVE

WASPI WOMEN TO HOLD PUBLIC MEETING

Burnside pensions campaigner Anne Potter is calling for women who have been adversely affected by steep rises in the state pension age to attend a public meeting this week. The Glasgow and Lanarkshire branch of the Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) campaign have organised the event to share information and map out the group’s next moves.

WASPI are calling for transitional measures for 1950s-born women who have been hit by the equalisation of the state pension age – a change which began in 1995 and was compounded in 2011. The group support the gender equalisation of the pension ages, however they are seeking recognition and recompense from the UK Government for the unfair and discriminatory way the changes were implemented. WASPI argue that many affected were inadequately notified by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) which has resulted in many having no proper time to make alternative plans.

The meeting will take place on Saturday 29th April at the Glad Café on Pollokshaws Rd in Shawlands at 12pm.

Commenting, Anne Potter, co-ordinator of WASPI Glasgow and Lanarkshire said:

 “We welcome all affected women to come along to this public meeting to discuss our next plan of action and help others begin the formal complaints process against the DWP.

“State pensions are under attack – the threat of the end of the triple-lock in addition to these sharp rises in age of eligibility means will see more and more older people struggling to make ends meet and forced to work much later in life.

“Several women from Cambuslang and Rutherglen have already joined our group however with more than 5000 women affected in the Rutherglen and Hamilton West constituency we want to see more of them turning their anger into action.”

Rutherglen MP Margaret Ferrier, commented:

“I have been working closely with the local WASPI women for over a year now, fighting their corner at Westminster and giving regular updates to the many affected constituents who have contacted me about this.

“Given the huge numbers of women adversely affected by two separate increases to the state pension age, it is vital that they continue to come together and challenge the Tories – be that through protests, through their MPs at Westminster, or through the official complaints procedure. I have faith that the WASPI women will win – but it will take all of them to keep pushing the issue.

“The Tories may think they can get away with doing whatever they want to our pensions but as we’ve seen from recent U-turns, people and political power can stop them in their tracks.”

ENDS

NOTES

WASPI Glasgow and Lanarkshire meeting takes place on Saturday 29th April at the Glad Café, 1006A Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow G41 2HG. The workshop on how to complain to the DWP starts at 12pm, then full meeting takes place from 1pm to 3pm.

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