Women continue fight on pensions

WASPI supporters posting their letters to the DWP at Cornhill. From left, Jan Hunter, Sue Hewitt, Susan Beevers and Sue McCall.
WASPI supporters posting their letters to the DWP at Cornhill. From left, Jan Hunter, Sue Hewitt, Susan Beevers and Sue McCall.

Women in north Northumberland have been writing complaints over the lack of notice given about the changes to their pension age.

Following the campaign’s 2,500-strong demonstration outside the Houses of Parliament last month, WASPI (Women Against State Pension Inequality) continues to mount pressure on the Government, this time via complaints directly to the Department for Works and Pensions (DWP).

The mass letter-writing aims to highlight to the wider public the hardship and unfairness suffered by women born in the 1950s, on or after April 6, 1951, as a result of the Government’s alterations to the State Pension Age (SPA) and, in particular, the lack of notice given to the changes, by the DWP.

Jane Cowley, co-ordinator of the Berwick-upon-Tweed WASPI group, said: “Women from all over the country have been writing to the DWP this week.

“We want to cause such a high volume of complaints that it will further compel the Government to look in earnest at making remedy for what Frank Field MP called the ‘grotesque disadvantage’ and financial loss we have suffered.”

The Berwick WASPI group has also marched recently at the Durham Miners Gala and plans to take part in a WASPI National Day of Local Action on September 16, when women will be mounting protests all over the country. You can find out more by emailing waspi.localgroup@gmail.com and at www.waspi.co.uk

WASPI does not object to the increase in the women’s SPA, not does it want to repeal the 1995 and 2011 Pensions Acts, but represents a cohort of women who have been unfairly disadvantaged by the speed of the increase, compounded by the absence of notice provided by successive governments.