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State pension age changes for women – WASPI urges Rishi Sunak to grant 'emergency measure'

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Not opposing the increase to the state pension age for women, WASPI opposes the way in which the changes were introduced. The campaigners are calling for “fair transitional arrangements” for the women born in the 1950s who have been affected by the rise.

In the past, the state pension age stood at 65 for men and 60 for women, however the latter age increased under the Pensions Act 1995. The changes were then accelerated under the Pensions Act 2011.

Since state pension age parity was reached in November 2018, further increases – applying to the age for both men and women – have come into effect.

Ahead of the 2021 Budget today, WASPI has spoken about the impact of the age changes.

A WASPI spokesperson told Express.co.uk: “WASPI continues to campaign for compensation for women who weren’t properly informed about increases to their state pension age of up to six years.

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“The consequences for them have been considerable.

“Women have been disempowered and have lost their financial independence.

“We call on the Chancellor to acknowledge this and the disproportionate impact COVID19 has had on older women’s jobs, and opportunities for employment.

“Many face the remainder of their working live in poverty, and an insecure retirement.

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“We ask for compensation for this failure by the Government to provide adequate information.

“Additionally we ask as an emergency measure that WASPI women, who would be otherwise eligible, early access to Pension Credit, and give WASPI women due to reach state pension age within a year early access to their state pension.”

A DWP spokesperson said: “The Government decided 25 years ago that it was going to make the state pension age the same for men and women as a long-overdue move towards gender equality and this has been clearly communicated.

“Raising state pension age in line with life expectancy changes has been the policy of successive administrations over many years.

“Experienced workers are a huge asset to this country and we are doubling the number of frontline Work Coaches, offering tailored support to ensure people find a job that’s right for them. Our welfare safety net is there for people who are unable to work.”

Some people, who were born prior to state pension age parity between men and women being reached, will need to state whether they’re classed as a man or a woman.

While a person needs to be state pension age to get the payment, that doesn’t mean they have to receive it then.

It is possible to defer the state pension, if a person wishes too.

This is done simply by not claiming the state pension.



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