WASPI takes pensions fight to Westminster

WASPI in London
WASPI in London
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Women from the Grantham area joined a demonstration in London last week, agains ‘unjust’ changes to women’s pensions by the Government.

WASPI (Women Against State Pension Inequality) groups throughout the UK gathered in Westminster last Wednesday.

Among them was Ancaster woman Trish McGregor, who said: “WASPI had a very lively and noisy demonstration at Westminster, on Wednesday, [which was also] International Women’s Day and Budget day.

“We are going from strength to strength, with numbers of members continuously increasing.”

Trish joined when she realised that her pension age had risen from 60 to 62 then 65-and-a-half, a move by the Government which she called ‘selfish and unjust’.

Nearly 7,000 women and men participated in the mass demonstration to demand an end to state pension inequality. Speakers at the rally included several MPs.

To coincide with the rally, solicitors for WASPI, Bindmans LLP, have written to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions about what WASPIE sees as an “injustice suffered by women born in the 1950s resulting from the substantial changes to state pension arrangements that were not properly communicated”. The letter puts forward a number of proposals that would help WASPI women.

Jamie Potter, a partner in the Public Law and Human Rights team at Bindmans, said: “For too long the women of WASPI have patiently and courteously sought to engage with the Government to obtain redress for the very serious injustices brought about by successive governments’ failure properly to communicate the changes to the state pension age.

“Those calls have, unfortunately, fallen upon deaf ears. Our clients have therefore been forced to send formal legal correspondence to the Government to call for concrete action. If the Government refuses to consider these proposals, our clients will have no alternative but to consider all available legal and other options.”