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Women's pension petition gains 88k signatures
Campaigners fighting increases in women's state retirement age say they are on track to get the 100,000 signatures for a parliamentary debate.
A petition criticising ‘unfair’ increases in the state pension age for women born in the 1950s is approaching the number of signatures it needs for a parliamentary debate after nearly doubling its numbers in less than two weeks.
As a result of the 1995 and 2011 Pension Acts, since 2010 women’s pension age has been rising from 60 to 65 to bring it in line with men, with both set to hit 66 by 2020. However, many women feel like they were given insufficient notice of the changes.
The Women Against State Pension Inequality (Waspi) campaign is calling for all women born on or after 6 April 1951 affected by the changes to the state pension age to be ‘put in exactly the same financial position they would have been’ in if they had been born on or before 5 April 1950, but is leaving it up to the government as to how this is achieved.
The group’s petition now has more than 88,000 signatures, up from 49,000 10 days ago, needs 100,000 signatures to be considered for debate in parliament.
‘It shows the strength of feeling against the unfair rise,’ said Waspi co-founder Anne Keen. ‘The lack of notification is what it’s about. [The parliamentary debate] would be a major turning point.’
Waspi were called to give evidence to the work and pension select committee last week, and a backbench debate led by Scottish National Party MP Mhairi Black has been scheduled for 7 January.
‘The fact that we were asked to give evidence certainly had a major impact,’ Keen said. ‘But we want a full parliamentary debate.’
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