Campaign groups for 1950s women

When the APPG on State Pension Inequality for Women was first formed it was focused on the WASPI Campaign.

In the summer of 2016 the group split in two due to disagreements on the aim of the campaign.

The APPG aims to work with all campaigning groups for pension changes affecting women born in the 1950s and is happy to support the following groups:

WASPI

A campaign group that fights the injustice done to all women born in the 1950’s afftected by the changes to the State Pension Law (1995/2011 Acts).​​

The aim of the campaign is to achieve fair transitional state pension arrangements for all women born in the 1950s affected by the changes to the State Pension Age in the 1995 and 2011 Acts.

This translates into a ‘bridging’ pension to provide an income until State Pension Age – not means-tested and with compensation for losses for those women who have already reached their SPA.  There are no specific age groups within the period mentioned above that are favoured above others.​

We do not ask for the pension age to revert back to age 60.

 

WASPI Voice

WASPI Voice has been set up in response to the many women asking for a place where they can talk freely about these suggested solutions. A platform for open discussion on suggested solutions for “fair transitional state pension arrangements” for women born in the 1950s.

Their Facebook page is asking for feedback on ten different options:

  1. Placing a cap on the maximum increase in the state pension age to 66 by the 2011 Pensions Act to 12 months (currently the cap is 18 months).
  2. The chance for women to take their state pension early, but at a lower rate for life (this wouldn’t cost any extra).
  3. Letting women take their full state pension at 60.
  4. Letting women take their state pension at the age set out by the decision to equalise the state pension age at 65. This was the original timetable set out in the 1995 Pensions Act – designed to raise the state pension age to 65 by 2020.
  5. Extend the timetable for increasing the state pension age to 66. One suggestion would mean that instead of the state pension age for women (and men) rising to 66 by October 2020, it would be 66 by April 2022.
  6. Maintain the qualifying age for Pension Credit. This would mean that women could qualify for Pension Credit earlier than their new state pension age (after the 1995 and 2011 Act increases).
  7. Pay women a ‘bridge pension’ until they reach state pension age. This money would be means tested.
  8. Give access to other pensioner benefits at an earlier age, such as concessional transport passes and winter fuel payment.
  9. Set the state pension age for all women born between April 1953 and April 1960 at 63. Currently the state pension age for women born between these dates is between 63 and 66.
  10. Pay women a transitional payment to make up the difference between the date they receive their state pension and the original state pension age of 60.

63 is the new 60

Founded by Mariana Robinson, this group proposes that everyone receives their full state pension from their 63rd birthday. This group was founded on 5 August 2016. Its aim is to lobby Government concerning Women’s State Pensions. This page is entirely independent of the WASPI brand and describes themselves as “a non-political group with a strategy for getting our pensions”. 

Protest Against the 2011 State Pension Age Increase

The group was founded by Ruth Ockendon Laycock and Barbara Bates in 2010 as soon as it became known that the Government were proposing to raise 1950’s women’s state pension age for a second time. In 2011 the group fought alongside Rachel Reeves MP and the entire Labour Party and Age UK and were instrumental in gaining the six months concession which meant that no woman would have to work more than 18 months on top of their first state pension age increase instead of the two years proposed.

However this six months concession was not enough as the second age rise was at too short notice and unfairly worked out in that women with just months difference in their ages can have years difference in their state pension ages. The group has campaigned ever since for the reversal or at least the relaxation of that unfair age rise which devastated the financial plans of many women approaching what they thought was their state pension age and retirement.

 

 The GAP Years

The GAP Years (GAP standing for ‘going about pension-less’) supports the ‘unsexy option’ which can be summed up as shown below:

  • A bridging pension from 1995 SPA to 2011 SPA
  • Free bus pass
  • Winter fuel payment
  • Cessation of NI payments for working women with 40 or more years NICs
  • Relaxation of ESA and JSA rules to help women in the direst circumstances