Friday, 26 May 2017

3,000 Wrexham women affected by pension age changes

“Pressure works – let’s keep it up”
Carrie Harper vows to continue to fight for fairness for WASPI campaigners

Plaid Cymru's Wrexham candidate Carrie Harper has backed the 3,000 Wrexham women fighting Tory changes to pension ages.

Plaid Cymru's leader Leanne Wood has vowed to continue to fight for fairness for the women affected by the changes to state pension age.

Speaking at a WASPI (Women Against State Pension Injustice) campaign event in Cardiff Bay, Leanne Wood said that the UK Government must put fairer transitional arrangements in place so that women can have the retirement that they planned for.
Addressing the rally, Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood said:
“It is an outrage that in the 21st Century, women are still having to demonstrate for a fair pension. In Wales 139,000 women are affected by the way in which the pension age has been equalised. It is arbitrary that women born in the 1950s have had their planned retirement taken away just because they were born in that particular decade. One year difference in birthday can cost someone three years without a pension.“That is why the WASPI demand for fair transitional arrangements has to be put in place by the UK government. Without this transitional help, many women will face financial hardship.”
Leanne Wood urged WASPI campaigners to use this election as an opportunity to put their cause firmly on the political agenda:
“Pressure works – just look at the Prime Minister’s U-turn on pensions. During elections, you have a chance of politicians championing your cause who may have otherwise been quiet. 
“Use this election to get pledges from your candidates to support the WASPI campaign. Make sure pensions and pensioners needs are on the political agenda. And make sure those who are elected as MPs are held to account for the promises they are making to you now.
“I will pledge to you that Plaid Cymru MPs will continue to work with colleagues like Mhairi Black from the SNP who has championed the issue of pensions justice. Plaid Cymru MPs will defend pensioners. 
“We will defend those women born in the 1950s. And we will not let up on the pressure we put on the Tories so that they U-turn on WASPI like they have on so much to date.”

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It is not just being born in one decade. The variation of being born in one year can be huge. Three friends born in 1953. One was born in January and claimed her state pension when she was sixty, the second was born in June and was allowed to claim her pension two months ago and the other was born later in the year and will have to work for anther two years. Less than 12 months difference in age and a massive difference in the date of being able to get their state pension.