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MEP Joins Great Yarmouth WASPI Women Stung By Pension Changes

Posted by Alex Mayer on 28th May 2017

A Great Yarmouth campaign group, which gives a voice to women who have lost out because of changes in pension law, met their MEP as part in a national day of action.

Members of the town’s Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) were making a buzz about their cause and invited Alex Mayer MEP and Labour Parliamentary candidate Mike Smith-Claire to sign their pledge

The aim of WASPI is to achieve fair transitional arrangements for women born in the 1950s, for whom the state pension age has been raised twice, from 60 to 66 by 2020.

Group leader Debbie de Spon explained to the MEP how despite the first change in the law happening back in 1995, it took fourteen years for affected women to be contacted. During this wasted time, plans could have been made.

Alex Mayer MEP said: “I am pleased to join WASPI campaigners today and highlight the unfair way in which pension ages are being equalised. The Coalition Government’s decision to move the goalposts, by bringing the equalisation of the state pension age forward by a further two years to 2018, was plain wrong.”