Last week, I spoke at the WASPI (Women Against State Pension Inequality) rally in Manchester in support of the women affected by the Government’s decision. It is unfair that ninety nine thousand women across Greater Manchester born in the 1950s are bearing the burden and the personal costs of the Government’s policy to increase the state pension age.
By not providing adequate notice of the change to those affected, and by speeding up the process without putting in place any suitable transitional protection, the Government are failing to support women born in the 1950s. These women have worked hard, contributed to the system and deserve better treatment.
Labour has suggested six different options for the Government to consider. Inaction is simply not acceptable. The Government must now act to provide transitional protection for these women.