Statement after the September Meeting of APPG on State Pension Inequality for Women
The officers of the All Party Parliamentary Group on State Pension Inequality for Women met in September. Members from the Labour, Conservative, SNP and SDLP parties were in attendance.
Among the items discussed was the split within the WASPI campaign which happened in the summer and the emergence of ‘WASPI Voice’ and the ‘63 is the new 60’ campaigns, which also aim to achieve justice for women born in the 1950’s who are disproportionately affected by the reforms to State Pension Age happening since 1995.
There was also a discussion about the importance of clarity about what the different campaigns want to achieve and the cost of any proposals.
The APPG will continue to work with all those committed to the cause of helping the women born in the 1950s who are affected by changes to the State Pension Age. We will be a strong voice in Parliament to continue to flag up the injustice suffered by 1950s-born women, to put pressure on the Government to bring forward fairer transitional arrangements and to amend legislation where that is possible.
It has always been clear that a return to the status quo before the legislation of 1995 is a non-starter. Officers feel that the APPG should focus on bringing forward practical and affordable solutions which may form the basis of an agreement with the Government. We will continue working on these with whatever resources we can muster and we are encouraging all campaign groups to complete their local petitions and submit them to their local MPs ahead of a mass presentation we are planning in the House of Commons on October 11th.
We will also be scrutinising the Government’s Pension Schemes Bill when it is published, ahead of its introduction in the Lords to see if there is any scope to use that to debate changes or the need for fair transitional arrangements. Further developments will be posted on the APPG website.
Tim Loughton MP
Barbara Keeley MP