The Berwick constituency was well represented at the Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) demo in London last week.
As evidenced by the Northumberland flag flying proudly outside the Houses of Parliament, women from the local Berwick group travelled the 350 miles to London to join the 2,500-strong crowd.
The event aimed 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 Department for Work and Pensions.
Women from all over the country travelled to the event and, wearing black and the distinctive purple WASPI sash, they made their feelings clear with calls of ‘We paid in. You pay out!’ across the road from Parliament while Prime Minister’s Questions was taking place.
The Berwick group was probably one of the loudest at the protest. Armed with football rattles, maracas, whistles and some large banners, the women certainly made their presence known to the MPs in attendance and across the road in the chamber.
After the demonstration, there was a mass lobby of MPs and the Berwick group met their MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan in the Houses of Parliament to state their case.
Mrs Trevelyan is supportive of WASPI’s aims and is a member of the All Party Parliamentary Group of MPs which wants to persuade the Government to take action to help the women affected.
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WASPI does not object to the increase in women’s State Pension Age, 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. In many cases, this has resulted in enormous hardship, with devastating consequences.