Eastbourne MP Fights For Women's State Pensions

Monday 23rd May 2016

eastbourne buzz news - Caroline Ansell In Commons

Caroline Ansell has joined MPs from across the House of Commons to form a new Parliamentary group that will fight for women who have hit by changes in the state pension age.

Around 4700 Eastbourne woman, born in the 1950s, have been affected by new rules which mean 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 between 6 April 1951 and until 6 April 1960 will be affected by the six-year jump and miss out.

Caroline has been made vice-chair of the group on State Pension Age which will seek to work alongside the pressure group Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) to persuade the new Work and Pensions Secretary, Stephen Crabb, to introduce transitional arrangements.

“As I have said before I absolutely understand the argument about fairness and equality in bringing women's retirement age in line with men's, but not to have transitional arrangements for women born in the 1950s who lived in decades of inequality of pay and of opportunity is clearly not right,” said Caroline.

“The group will be powerful voice, in tandem with WASPI, in fighting to see fair transitional arrangements put in place so these women are not unfairly treated and I'm very proud to be its vice-chair.”

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