Changes to State pension age for women

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  A new campaign group has recently formed in the UK called WASPI (Women Against State Pension Inequality Campaign) to "seek fair transitional arrangements for all women born on or after 6th April 1951 who have unfairly borne the burden of the increase to the State Pension Age (SPA). Hundreds of thousands of women have had significant changes imposed on them with a lack of appropriate notification. The 1995 Conservative Government’s Pension Act included plans to increase women’s SPA to 65, the same as men’s. Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI), agree with equalisation, but don’t agree with the unfair way the changes were implemented – with little/no personal notice (1995/2011 Pension Acts), faster than promised (2011 Pension Act), and no time to make alternative plans. Retirement plans have been shattered with devastating consequences." A crowdfunding exercise raised enough to pay for legal advice and barristers are currently considering potential action. A petition has been signed by more than 21,000 people since the 20th October. Yesterday it was announced that the Parliamentary Select Committee for Work and Pensions will be seeking submissions from women born in the 50's. "The Work and Pensions Committee have launched an inquiry into the new State Pension introduced in April 2016. Concerns have been raised that many of those who will be affected by the changes do not know enough about the changes or exactly what they will mean for their pensions." More details here http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/work-and-pensions-committee/news-parliament-2015/state-pension-launch-15-16/ I am sure that there are many of you (like me) who are affected by these changes. You may want to consider signing the petition and asking your family and friends to do the same herehttps://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/110776 You can find more information about the campaign and read some of the heartbreaking stories about women who have been left without the money they are entitled to herehttps://www.facebook.com/WASPI-Women-Against-State-Pension-Inequality-Campaign-877054125688402/?fref=ts Please pass this information to the women you know who were born in the 50's!

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evianeers 1447073945

Whereas I sympathise with you greately, as the UK pension is pathetic compared to others, just want to explain that after working in CH for 6 years [albeit a long time ago] my state pension from Geneva is a paltry CHF160.-- per month. The galling thing is, during the 8 years I have been receiving monthly payments it has been increase a whole CHF2.-- [from 158.--] WOW!!!

patty-549001 1448039607

So now we know the truth - the DWP did not write to the women concerned:


http://paullewismoney.blogspot.co.uk/2015/11/women-given-just-2-years-notice-of.html

patty-549001 1449606383

Update.


An excellent debate was held in Westminster Hall, December 2nd concerning this issue and proposed by Barbara Keeley MP. It made the issues very clear. The debate was well attended and there was support from MPs of all parties. You can watch the debate here:


http://parliamentlive.tv/Event/Index/616c1049-330b-420b-a3f5-db25c6bffbbb


One of the MPs who spoke in support during that debate was Tim Loughton (Cons) MP for East Worthing and Shoreham. He has also made a video expressing his views:


https://www.facebook.com/TimLoughtonEWAS/videos/1684472225169210


(He has made a slight error in that free prescriptions are still available at 60 for men and women in the UK and have not been delayed. However, of course that does not affect us in France.) Tim has said that he is happy to hear from anyone affected by this issue and not only those who are his constituents. This is great news for the British living abroad who may not have access to a British MP. It offers an opportunity to tell their story, express their support for the WASPI campaign and the need for fair transitional arrangements.


There are more than 47,300 signatures on the petition today. Please keep sharing about the campaign.

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