Lisa Backs State Pension Campaigners

Lisa Backs State Pension Campaigners

Wigan MP Backs WASPI Women Who Vow to Continue Fighting 

Wigan MP Lisa Nandy has backed Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) campaigners who have told Government Minister’s to think again and reverse the decision to raise the state pension age for millions of women. The campaign was dealt a blow when the Government pressed ahead with planned changes to the state retirement age for women, despite an independent report saying that the changes had not been communicated properly and that many women were unaware that they were about to have their retirement plans torn up.

The WASPI campaign have always maintained that, although the principle of equalisation with the male retirement age is fair, the changes should be deferred to allow those who are impacted more time to adjust their retirement plans.

Local campaigners from the WASPI Wigan Branch visited Lisa Nandy MP last week to hand her a petition to present to Parliament as the campaign seeks to pile pressure on the Government to back down. Speaking about the visit, Lisa said: “I am proud to support women from across Wigan who are fighting the great injustice of these changes to their state pension. With such growing support from MPs across several political parties it is becoming increasingly clear that Ministers must act.”

Local campaigner Jan Fulster said: “Instead of enjoying their expected retirement, many of my peers are now struggling severe financial hardship through no fault of their own. We the members of WASPI LPG, are determined to push the government into reconsidering the plight of ladies born in the 1950s, of whom there are 12,000 in the Wigan Borough alone, hence the petition. We are grateful for the tremendous support we have had in this matter from Lisa and our other local MPs.

Picture caption, from left to right: Gill Diggles, Jan Fulster, Lisa Nandy MP, Teresa Forrester and Sheila Carroll.

September 20, 2016 By : Category: News Print