After last week’s disappointing High Court ruling, Jayne Innes has pledged to continue to fight alongside local WASPI (Women Against State Pension Inequality) campaigners to ensure pension justice.
The campaign concerns almost four million women born in the 1950s, who saw the retirement age at which they could draw the state pension increased from 60 to 65 to bring it in line with the male retirement age. The retirement age for both is now gradually increasing to 68. Many hundreds of thousands of affected women were simply not informed until shortly before they were due to retire, and a few days difference in birth date has led to delays of years in entitlement to the state pension. The financial effects have been devastating for many campaigners, with as much as £40,000 of pension entitlement lost.
The High Court had been asked to find that the mishandling of the pension changes by the DWP amounted to discrimination on the grounds of age and gender. Reacting to the ruling, Jayne said “I am dismayed at this ruling, as the shocking way that WASPI women has been treated does seem to me to be a clear case of discrimination on grounds of age and gender. We now need to see how the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman handles the test cases which were brought before the High Court action. If I am successful in becoming Coventry North West’s next MP I will fight tirelessly to achieve justice for WASPI women, and I welcome Labour’s renewed commitments to support those affected”.
Labour’s statement on WASPI is available here: https://labour.org.uk/press/1950s-women-let-government-pension-changes-jack-dromey-responds/
For more information on the WASPI campaign please visit their website and become a supporter: http://www.waspi.co.uk