Women pension protestors: ‘We paid in, you pay out!’

Members of the North Cambridgeshire WASPI Supporters Group, which includes members from Fleet, Holbeach and Crowland, at the recent Budget protest.
Members of the North Cambridgeshire WASPI Supporters Group, which includes members from Fleet, Holbeach and Crowland, at the recent Budget protest.
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Women from south Lincolnshire were part of a 6,000-strong pensions 
protest group at the House of Commons on budget day.

They were part of, or supporting, the ‘Women Against State Pension Inequality Campaign’ (WASPI) who were expressing their disappointment that another budget had been planned with no transitional arrangements for women born in the 1950s.

The noisy but peaceful protestors listened to speeches from members of all parties, former pensions ministers, personalities and activists, who pledged allegiance to WASPI and what they are seeking.

The national WASPI campaign is asking the Government for relief from the changes that have seen many women’s pension age rise twice, taking it from age 60 to 66, with little time, they say, to prepare and make alternative financial arrangements.  

They claim the Department for Work and Pensions did not write to the first of the 1950s’ women affected until 14 years later and those born 
after April 5, 1953 some 17 years later. They say some women 
received no notification at all.

In total some 2.6 million women are affectedby pension age changes.

Lorna Edmonds, from Fleet, said: “ There are many 1950s-born women who still don’t realise that their State Pension Age has been extended to 66.

“ I was one of them until I learnt about WASPI and their campaign to rectify the problem.”

Local members come from Crowland, Fleet and Holbeach and other 1950s women can find out more about the campaign and how they can support it by visiting www.waspi.co.uk where they can find a WASPI Group near them.

Lincoln and Peterborough are the nearest groups at the moment.

Mrs Edmonds added: “We hope to attract the attention of women from Spalding, Deepings and Bourne too.”

• What do you think of the pension age changes and the way they were communicated to women born in the 1950s? Email jeremy.ransome@iliffepublishing.co.uk