Good support for petition backing pension campaign

A group of women raised awareness of a national campaign in Morpeth last Friday.

Friday, 19th August 2016, 13:50 pm
Updated Friday, 19th August 2016, 14:54 pm
The Wansbeck WASPI group, with support from a couple of the Berwick constitutency WASPI group members, asked people in Morpeth to sign a petition.

The Wansbeck Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) group, with support from a couple of Berwick group members, also asked people they met to sign a petition.

This followed a coffee morning about the issue earlier this month that was hosted by local MP Ian Lavery.

The campaign, which is also supported by Berwick-upon-Tweed constituency MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan, was founded last year to protest the ‘unfair’ way the equalisation of the State Pension Age was implemented through the Pensions Act 1995 and Pensions Act 2011.

About 150 people signed the petition, which requests that the ‘House of Commons urges the Government to make fair transitional arrangements for all women born in the 1950s (on or after 6 April 1951) who have unfairly borne the burden of the increase to the State Pension Age’.

WASPI agrees with equalisation, but does not agree with the way the changes were implemented as members say the women affected received little or no personal notice and they came into effect faster than promised.

Local groups co-ordinator Susan Beevers said: “We’re pleased with the response in Morpeth as they were only there for two hours and they had a chat with people so they knew what the campaign is about.

“It’s encouraging that we’ve received cross-party support from MPs.”

Mr Lavery, who is a member of the All Party Parliamentary Group on WASPI, said he was pleased with how the coffee morning went.

He added: “This is not an issue that can be swept under the rug as many women have lost out on financial security in their retirement.”