Representatives of Women Against Pension Inequality campaigned in Dartmouth

By Roger Williams in Local People

WASPI member, Liz Palethorpe explained, “Women are now having to sell their homes in order to live.

“They based many of their plans on retirement at 60 and, in the crucial years coming up to 60, were not informed that their retirement age had changed.

“The government did not send out notification. The government is on record saying they have not kept records of anyone they may written to and destroyed letters written to them about it.

“Osborne is on record as saying, “The easiest pension grab was moving the pension age for women. It is on Youtube”

Eve Wignall took up WASPI’s theme and said, “We are here to spread the word.

“In total, there are 3.5 million women affected by changes to pension age and most don’t know about the changes, were not informed, and have been unfairly treated.

“I worked for the BBC and was ousted by John Birt. I have been freelance for years but it is just not right to make major changes after one has paid contributions all your life to find massive changes in pension age that throw all your financial plans into chaos.”

WASPI is campaigning against the sudden change in pension age for women born in 1950s.

There have been two changes made, one in 1995 which took the pension age up to 65 from 60, and then, one in 2001 which increased it further to 66 in 2011.

Kerry, who informed the Chronicle of WASPI’s Dartmouth campaign day said, “I was fifty-seven and half when I wrote to the Department of Work and Pensions. I had a letter back saying, ‘retirement age changed to 66’.

“There was no notice, no notification and a lot of women still don’t know. Every time we have a campaign, it ruins some woman’s day.

“In the run up to the election, we are asking women to sign the WASPI pledge for fair transitional pension arrangements for women born in the 1950s.”

Lynda Snowden said of her position, “I used to be married but I am divorced. I lost my eldest son, killed by a drink driver.

“In my divorce, it was apparent that the judiciary know nothing about the changes in pension age for women. It was my solicitor who informed them.

“I am ill. I have lesions on the brain discovered after an MRI scan.

“I have small savings which supplement the £62.70 I get as carer, working 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They will run out so I only take between |£60 and £80 a week.

“I need my full pension. I should have been told with sufficient time to plan. I paid in since I was 14 and now when I need it, it’s not there”

Liz, summed up saying, “It is a suffragette anniversary on June 8th. Everyone, every woman should vote.

“I’m told that support of our cause is in the Labour manifesto. Don’t just vote Conservative or Liberal without looking at your MP’s voting record. Vote for those who will do you good.”

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