A new north Northumberland group of women who have been adversely affected by changes to their State Pension Age (SPA) are campaigning in Amble this morning.
As reported by the Gazette earlier this month, a launch event was held in Wooler for the Berwick WASPI group. They will be campaigning from 11am today at Amble Market.
Many women expected to retire at 60 and were dismayed to find out when they were 58 or 59 that they had to wait another six years for their pension. It is estimated that around 500,000 women born in the 1950s are affected nationally and a campaign group, Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI), has been set up to try to secure a better deal for the affected women.
Their petition to the Government - https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/110776 - has achieved almost 160,000 signatures nationally.
Susan Beevers, a founding member of the group, said: "Ensure you know about the changes to your state pension age and pension payment and support the WASPI campaign by signing the petition and contacting our MP to tell them how this will impact. Supporting the campaign is by far the most effective way of getting the issues across to the decision-makers and to securing fair transitional arrangements."