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Grantham pension campaigners furious at landmark judicial review decision

Women’s pension campaigners in Grantham and the surrounding areas are "furious" at the high court's decision not to provide compensation for the money they lost when the pension age was raised from 60 to 66.

The decision, handed down today in the Royal Courts of Justice found that there had been “no discrimination based on age” and “no direct discrimination on grounds of sex.”

After the Pensions Act of 1995, the state pension age for women was increased to 65 in order to be equal with men. The Government said at the time that the transition should be in place by 2020. But a further law was passed in 2011 to speed up the changes.

Members from WASPI. (18400570)
Members from WASPI. (18400570)

Campaigners said the changes meant that for some women born in the 1950s, a lack of notice left them out of pocket and without alternative arrangements when it came to drawing their pension.

Local co-ordinator for WASPI (Women Against State Pension Inequality) Trisha McGregor, who lives in Ancaster, vowed to carry on campaigning today.

She said “This is a very sad day for women born in the 1950s. It will cause a great deal of anger and heartache as well as further serious financial difficulties for many women. 1950s women started work without the protection of the 1970s equalities legislation. Now it feels like we are being further discriminated against in the name of equality.

“We will carry on our campaign for justice with even more fire in our bellies. With the General Election imminent MP’s need to remember that 1950s women have the vote."

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