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.”



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.



Hamilton’s two SNP MPs have delivered petitions on behalf of their constituents calling on the UK Government to take immediate action to help the millions of women whose retirement plans have been shattered by rapid increases to the State Pension Age.

The 1995 Pensions Act legislated to bring the state pension age for women in line with the age for men over two decades but the 2011 Pensions Act rapidly accelerated the original timetable and the 2.6 million women affected by the changes – born in the 1950s – were not informed. 

The UK Government has so far refused to act, claiming that transitional measures would cost £30billion but independent research commissioned by the SNP has found that it would cost significantly less to help these women at £8 billion.

Local Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) campaigners have gathered hundreds of signatures from across the two Westminster constituencies in support of their petition, calling for action from the UK Government.  The petitions will be presented in the House of Commons chamber before being sent with dozens of others from across the UK to the Westminster Government for a formal response.

Commenting, Rutherglen and Hamilton West MP Margaret Ferrier said:

“Hamilton’s WASPI campaigners have every right to be upset and angry with the UK Government on this issue. When pension changes occur, people should be given the right amount of time to adjust their pension plans. Many of these women have been given little or no notice.

“Thousands of signatures have been gathered by local WASPI groups up and down the country which shows the strength of feeling behind this urgent call to the Tory Government to provide support for the women affected by these changes.”

Commenting, Lanark and Hamilton East MP Angela Crawley said:

“Around 2.6 million women have been unfairly hit by the rapid rises to the State Pension Age, including thousands across Hamilton and surrounding areas. As a result their retirement plans have been shattered.

“No-one is arguing against the equalisation of the State Pension Age however, these women have paid National Insurance contributions and are due their pension – it is not a benefit but a contract that the UK Government has broken.



Hamilton MPs Margaret Ferrier and Angela Crawley, and Blantyre MSP Clare Haughey joined hundreds of campaigners in Glasgow on Friday (16 September) to protest against changes to the state pension age for women born in the 1950s.

Campaigners from Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) say that the speed at which State Pension Age changes were introduced did not give women the chance to make plans for retirement and also claim that in many instances, the Government did not issue proper notification of the changes.

Commenting Margaret Ferrier MP said:

“There are over five thousand women affected in some way by these changes in my constituency, with countless more across the length and breadth of the UK. These are women who have worked hard and contributed to the economy. To move the goalposts like this, with improper notice, is grossly unfair.”

Angela Crawley MP said:

“The State Pension is a contract, not a benefit. This protest sends an important message that we will not give up the fight for justice. The UK government must now put in place proper transitional arrangements for these women who have had their retirement plans shattered.”

Clare Haughey MSP said:

“These women, through absolutely no fault of their own, have had their retirement plans completely upended. They are paying the price for political decisions made at Westminster, and it is unforgivable that they are actually losing out financially as a result of changes that were designed to make pensions more equal.”




Margaret Ferrier MP has commended the efforts of local women who took part in the Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) demonstration outside the Houses of Parliament last week to demand the UK government investigates transitional measures for 1950s-born women who have hit by the acceleration of the equalisation of the State Pension Age, a change which began in 1995 and was compounded in 2011.

The protest follows new statistics released by the House of Commons Library which show the Rutherglen and Hamilton West constituency to have 5,110 women affected – in the top 20 of all 650 UK constituencies, and number one in Scotland.

Ms Ferrier met with local campaigners, who had travelled to London to join the 2,500-strong protest at Westminster, and reaffirmed her commitment to fight for justice for them.

The SNP has repeatedly called for action from the UK government, with Westminster Leader Angus Robertson raising the issue at Prime Minister’s Questions, and Banffshire & Buchan MP Eilidh Whiteford, who is the party’s Work & Pensions Spokesperson, leading business debate on the issue in January which received cross-party support.

The increase in pension age is the second for women born in the 1950s, and will have a stark financial impact on thousands of women in their 60s.

The Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) campaign works to lobby the Government to introduce transitional arrangements for those women affected, many of whom were not notified about the changes, and took early retirement, leaving them without any income.

Commenting Margaret Ferrier MP said:

“There was a really good contingent of women from across Scotland, including Rutherglen and Hamilton West, at the demonstration at Westminster this week. The SNP has given wholehearted backing to the WASPI campaign, and we will keep up the fight for these women at Westminster.

“My constituency is the worst affected in Scotland, and I will continue to fight for justice for each and every one of the women affected. I have recently joined the newly-formed All-Party Group and will work constructively across party lines with all MPs who wish to right this massive injustice.

“Affected constituents can rest assured that my SNP colleagues and I will continue to press the UK Government for a rethink on how it phases in increases to the state pension age. A great many women have contacted me already but I encourage anyone who hasn’t got in touch yet, and is affected by this issue, to please do so.

“We want to get the best outcome for these women, many of whom have worked hard for decades without taking a penny out of the system. I hope we will soon have the equitable outcome that the WASPI women deserve.”