Chris Elmore MP has reaffirmed his commitment to continue working for justice for 1950s-born women affected by the government’s state pension changes at a drop-in event with members of the WASPI campaign in Parliament.
The Conservative-Liberal Democrat Coalition Government accelerated changes to the women’s state pension age in 2011 – a change which many of the women affected claim they were not informed about. As a result, many of them have been unable to plan their finances properly and have had to change their retirement plans.
Following the conclusion of the recent High Court case on the issue, MPs have been organising their next steps to seek to correct this injustice. The All-Party Parliamentary Group on State Pension Inequality for Women, of which Chris is Secretary, have since reiterated their call on ministers to review the pension arrangements for the women affected and to examine the viability of three key transitional proposals. These proposals were drawn up following a consultation by the APPG, through which all affected campaign groups were invited to take part.
These solutions include: a non-means tested payment for all women aged 63 and over, an equalisation of women’s pensions so that all receive a full-state pension regardless of the number of years of national insurance contributions they have accrued, and extended pension credit payments for those worst affected.
Chris Elmore MP said:
“It’s a scandal that these women have been ignored for so long by the government. The set of solutions put forward by the APPG following last year’s consultation are very reasonable and are, frankly, the least these women should expect after the contempt with which they’ve been treated to date.
“I will be continuing to work hard with colleagues of all political colours to ensure this remains high on the agenda in Parliament and we finally get the changes all of the affected women need and deserve.”