Eastbourne Conservatives Support WASPI Campaign

Saturday 17th September 2016

eastbourne buzz news - Conservative Waspi

Conservatives in Eastbourne are speaking out against pension inequality for women.

Some councillors spoke to and supported the WASPI campaign outside town hall yesterday (16 September). 

Around 4700 Eastbourne women, mostly born in the 1950s, have been affected by new rules saying they cannot claim a state pension until 66 when they had been told it would be 60. The change has come as the Government is committed to equalising the retirement age for men and women, but women born after 6 April 1951 will be affected by the six-year jump and miss out.

Leader of the Conservative Group Cllr Tony Freebody said, "Whilst I agree with equalling the state pension age for men and women, the sudden jump affecting women born after 6 April 1951 is unfair. Eastbourne MP Caroline Ansell has been working tirelessly on this issue and has been elected as Vice-Chair on the WASPI All Party Parliamentary Group."

Cllr Freebody and colleagues signed the petition which is hoped will persuade the government to introduce appropriate transitional arrangements. 

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