WASPI preparing to mount legal challenge

A campaign over Pension Act changes that affect women born on or after April 6, 1951, has stepped up a level.

Tuesday, 1st November 2016, 5:00 pm
Updated Wednesday, 16th November 2016, 3:24 pm
Susan Beevers, centre, Jane Cowley (with Northumberland flag) and Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP at a WASPI demo.

Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) has instructed law firm Bindmans to act on its behalf in a legal challenge to the Government.

To fund it, members will be opening up a CrowdJustice page and many women have already committed to donate.

Legal director Susan Beevers and fund-raising director Jane Cowley live in Northumberland and are founders of the Northumberland WASPI groups in the parliamentary constituencies of Berwick-Upon-Tweed, Blyth Valley, Hexham and Wansbeck.

Jane said: “We are thrilled with the positive response from our supporters.

“It’s a great shame that 1950s-born women are having to dig into their pockets to fund a legal challenge to the maladministration and discrimination meted out to them by successive Governments, but if that is the only way to get justice, that’s what we’ll do.”

Susan added: “This news has been a long time coming because a huge amount of background work had to be carried out before the campaign was in a position to take this action.

“We want to keep up the momentum with our political lobbying and it’s been encouraging that so many MPs are supporting the campaign, but we hope that this action will encourage them to look more quickly at how the issue can be best resolved.”

For more information about the campaign and how you can get involved, email waspi.local group@gmail.com