Wayne David, Labour MP for Caerphilly, has called on the Government to end “the unfair” situation being faced by many women who born in the 1950s. The pension age for men and women is being equalised so that everyone will receive their state pension at 66. But many thousands of women who were born on or after 6 April 1951 expected to be able to retire at 60.
There are thousands of women who have worked hard throughout their lives and had planned to retire when they reached 60. But the law has been changed and many of these women had not been informed of the change. In the Caerphilly constituency alone it is estimated that 3,810 woman are affected by this change in the law.
Wayne David strongly supports the women who have been hit by this change and met local campaigners in Tesco’s Crossways store in Caerphilly. After meeting the women Wayne David said, “It is simply wrong that many woman who were born in the 1950s are now finding they have to work longer to get their state pensions. Many have caring responsibilities and others have planned their lives with retirement intended at 60. They now find that their assumptions are wrong because the law has been changed without them being told.
“The women, who have formed the WASPI campaign (Women Against State Pension Inequality), are not against the equalisation age of state pensions, but are arguing for transitional payments for the women who are caught in this trap. This is what has happened in other European countries and this is what should happen here”.