On 25 April 2018 a meeting was held between State Pension Inequality for Women APPG Officers and representatives from each of the groups that responded to the recent consultation (one representative per group, and in the case of WASPI one representative at national level and not one from each of the local groups that submitted a response).
Attendees were given copies of the report of the findings of the consultation and next steps were discussed in some detail in order to come to a consensus on what recommendations should be made on the forthcoming Bill.
In an almost unanimous decision, it was agreed that the proposal should be for the Secretary of State to review pension arrangements for women born in the 1950s and consider costings for the following solutions:
- Non means-tested, no strings attached, payment for all women age 63 and over from the day it is approved until they reach state pension age (not backdated);
- Equalisation of women’s pensions so that everyone receives a full state pension (£159 per week) regardless of the number of years of National Insurance contributions they have accrued;
- Extended Pension Credit for those women worst affected who have no other income or private pension available to them and are suffering financial hardship.
Full minutes of the meeting are being prepared and will be made available in due course.
The second reading of the Bill has been deferred – currently until 15 June 2018. Any further changes to this will be made available on the APPG website.