Local Welsh Labour MP Chris Elmore has reaffirmed his commitment to seek justice for all 1950s-born women who have been affected by changes to their state pension age, following last week’s unsuccessful High Court ruling against the case made by the campaign group, Back 2 60.
The Ogmore MP is Secretary of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on State Pension Inequality for Women and has met with campaigners from across the Ogmore constituency and up and down the UK since he was first elected. Following the High Court Ruling, the APPG issued a statement reaffirming the group’s commitment to seek justice for all of the women affected. On Monday, one of the APPG’s co-chairs, Tim Loughton MP, secured a meeting with the new Work and Pensions Secretary, Dr. Therese Coffey MP, to discuss the issue as a matter of urgency.
The changes to the state pension age brought in by the Conservative-Liberal Democrat Coalition Government in 2011 are thought to have affected as many as 3.8 million women across the UK and abroad. Many of the women affected claim they were not properly informed of the changes and have been left in precarious financial situations as a result.
Chris Elmore MP said:
“I am continuing to work with colleagues from across all parties through the APPG to take forward the three key agreed solutions which were identified by last year’s consultation with campaign groups from all over the country.
“It’s essential that the Pensions Minister delivers the solutions which were almost unanimously agreed by the many campaign groups from across the UK.
“The need for action by the UK Government is now urgent as many of the women affected are starting to be properly hit by these changes. The injustice they have faced is frankly scandalous and the UK Government must step up and rectify it as soon as possible.”