Women’s pension protest

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A group of women from Banff and Buchan travelled to a mass demonstration at Westminster yesterday (after the Herald went to Press), to protest at the lack of information and help given to them about their pensions.

The protest coincided with Budget Day and International Women’s Day.

Olive Sharpe, co-ordinator of The Banff and Buchan Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) Supporters Group, explained that in 1995 the law changed so the age at which women receive a State Pension rose in line with men to 65 years.

Olive said: ”The Government did not make 50s-born working women fully aware of how the 1995 Pension Law changes would affect them in particular. In 2011 The Coalition Government decided the new pension age of 65 would be brought in two years earlier in 2018 for both men and women and would rise to 66 in 2020. We are still finding women in Banff & Buchan who still expect to receive their State Pension at 60.”

Banff & Buchan MP Dr Eilidh Whiteford said: “The women of WASPI have my full, support, and the UK Government should reconsider this ill-thought out policy. For women born in the 1950s, the fact that the pension age has now risen twice is deeply unfair. “The UK Government should have phased changes in gradually, without punishing one particular age cohort. That’s why I am pleased to support WASPI’s calls for fair, equitable treatment.”

Banff & Buchan WASPI holds meetings for ‘50s-born women. To join email: waspi.localgroup@gmail.com or visit www.waspi.co.uk