Activists from Devon joined a 6,000-strong Women Against State Pension Inequality march in London on budget day last month.
The protestors chanted ‘we paid in, you pay out’ outside the House of Commons, expressing their disappointment that yet another budget had been planned with no transitional arrangement for women born in the 1950s.
Wednesday, March 8 was also International Women’s Day - a good time to take stock of the achievements of women but also to reflect on the barriers and issues that they face. The national WASPI campaign is asking the Government for relief from the changes that saw women’s pension age rise twice, taking it from age 60 to 66 with inadequate time to prepare and make alternative financial arrangements.
Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, in his response to the Spring Budget statement, said: “Women are struggling with more caring responsibilities due to the continuing state of emergency in social care. The WASPI women born in the 1950s are, with little notice, having to face a crisis in their retirement that they could not possibly have predicted.”
Angus Robertson, SNP Westminster group leader, congratulated the WASPI campaign during Prime Minister’s Questions: “On International Women’s Day, we wish all campaigners for equality well, including those from the Women Against State Pension Inequality campaign.”
Local women can find out more about the campaign by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.