Women’s pension group brings fight to Arran

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A  campaign fighting for the pension rights of women is hoping to set up a satellite group on Arran.

The WASPI (Women Against State Pension Inequality) campaign has over 66,000 supporters and represents almost 3.5 million women born in the 1950s who are suffering because they were not told by the Government that their state pension age would be increasing, and who now have no time to put in place alternative financial arrangements to see them through to the new state retirement age, which in some cases is now 66.

Ayrshire WASPI were in Largs last Sunday speaking to local women born in the 1950s and engage them in the growing campaign group. Some women stated that they were unaware of the changes only finding out when they had reached the age of 60 and would need to wait a further six years before obtaining their state pension entitlement. Many of the women confirmed that they had no notice of the pension age changes and were grateful for the information and support provided by the group.

WASPI women are raising a complaint against the Department of Work and Pensions on the maladministration of the pension age changes and are looking at a mass action that will go onto the Parliamentary Ombusman.

Now they are hoping to form a satellite group on Arran with support from coordinators from Ayrshire WASPI. If anyone is interested in setting up a group they should email: ayrshirewaspi@gmail.com

Further information about WASPI can be found at www.waspi.co.uk and on the WASPI Facebook page.

The Ayrshire group campaigning in Largs last weekend.