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Campaign raises £11k to challenge government on pension age report

Campaign raises £11k to challenge government on pension age report

A crowdfunding campaign has raised over £11,000 to launch a legal challenge over the government’s failure to publish the state pension age (SPA) report in May.

Following the publication of John Cridland’s independent review of the SPA, which was commissioned by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), the government was due to publish its planned changes to the SPA on 7 May.

However the DWP did not publish this report. It claimed this was due to the 'purdah' period starting ahead of the general election in June. 

Now a crowdfunding campaign on the Crowdpac site has started in order to launch a legal challenge to the government failing to publish the SPA report.

The campaign has so far raised just over £11,000 of a total goal of £85,000.

Three campaigners started the campaign to launch a judicial review and the campaigners have instructed Signature Litigation and Blackstone Chambers to seek the judicial review.

‘All funds raised will be used to support costs incurred, including the immediate costs of our legal letter challenging the government's decision. We plan to be transparent on how these funds are used, and to provide timely updates to all donors,’ the crowdfunding page said.

The campaign also said if successful it could raise awareness for 1950s women who have been affected by rises in the SPA.

‘This case itself cannot win redress for 1950s women who have been denied their rights - but if successful, it could help to put our issues front and centre and win much-needed transparency on pension age reforms in the run-up to this election. If there are any surplus funds, the most recent donors will have the option of redirecting them or receiving a refund,’ the campaigners said. 

Last year the Women Against State Pension Inequality campaign raised £75,000 to fund a legal challenge against the government. 

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