Eastbourne MP, Stephen Lloyd, says he has kept his election promise, by making the injustice faced by WASPI women one of his key issues in Parliament.
He has signed Early Day Motion 63 which calls for, “a fair transition for women born on or after 6 April 1951 regarding their pensions.” Stephen has also become a member of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI). This marks a commitment to campaigning for changes in the law and the APPG will put pressure on the Government to act, as well as scrutinise any proposals that come forward.
In addition to these measures, Lloyd is a co-signatory of a new Pensions (Review of Women's Arrangements) (No. 2) Bill which seeks to, “establish a review of pension arrangements for women affected by changes made by the Pensions Act 1995 and the Pensions Act 2011.” The Bill will be heard later in the parliament.
Commenting, Stephen Lloyd MP said, "No government is covered in glory over this case. The Conservatives in the mid 90's brought in the original changes. Labour endorsed them when they were in power and the Coalition began the implementation process and didn't, frankly, do it very well. At the time, as a member of the Select Committee, I lobbied with some success to ensure the period affected would be shorter so fewer women born in the early 50's would be affected. In hindsight though I can see that it's all been an unholy mess. We know that people are living much longer than they used to, which is a good thing, and people appreciate changes need to be made to the pension age but women directly affected by these particular adjustments were short-changed and I am determined to do all I can to right this wrong.
"Consequently, I am pressing this government to extend the transition period so women affected have more time to plan their retirement, as well as demanding the Treasury find the money to ensure WASPi women are treated fairly which is all they, rightly, are asking for."