The main topic of debate of Eastleigh Labour party’s January 2018 meeting was the WASPI campaign for fair transitional arrangements for women affected by the unjust way in which increases in the State Pension Age have been introduced. The following motion was unanimously agreed:
Given the significant impact that changes to State Pension Age (SPA) for women has had on 6,700 Eastleigh residents, Eastleigh CLP calls upon the Government to make fair transitional state pension arrangements for all women born on or after 6th April 1950, who have unfairly borne the burden of the increase to the SPA without sufficient or appropriate notification.
Local campaigners Carolyne Jacobs and Sally Robinson from Solent WASPI Supporters’ group gave an informative presentation and answered questions.
WASPI is not campaigning about the equalisation of men and women’s SPA, but are protesting about the way in which these changes have been brought about. The 1995 Pensions Act equalised the state pension age at 65 for men and women; these changes were to be implemented by 2020. Women were not notified directly about the 1995 changes until at least 2009; some women were never notified. Many women were not aware of the changes until they were nearing their expected retirement age of 60.
The 2011 Pensions Act changed the SPA for men and women to 66, resulting in accelerating the SPA change, which has particularly affected women.
3.8m women nationally are affected by these changes, 115,000 in Hampshire and 6,700 in Eastleigh. The women affected have up to an extra 6 years wait for pensions, with a financial loss of up to £46,000. In addition, they will not receive a bus pass or winter fuel allowance until much later than expected.
The Government brought in these changes to save money. However, it has clearly had a very severe effect on people’s lives and therefore compensation is necessary to alleviate their situation.
The WASPI campaign is self-funded and therefore would be very grateful for any contribution to their funds as well as any other support for the campaign. More information can be found on the following link. http://www.waspi.co.uk/