Luke Pollard, Labour’s candidate for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport, and Councillor Sue Dann, Labour’s candidate for Plymouth Moor View, have signed the WASPI pledge. They pledge ‘to support WASPI and to work in Parliament to find a solution for the women affected’.
WASPI stands for the Women Against State Pension Inequality. Launched two years ago, it seeks compensation and justice for the unfair treatment of women born in the 1950s who have been subjected to changes to the state pension age. Devon WASPI is fighting for pension justice for an estimated 10,000 women in Plymouth affected by changes to their pension.
Luke Pollard said:
”I am the proud son of a WASPI woman. My mum was born in the 1950s and like many women her age have had their pension taken from them just at the point when they thought they could retire. Instead of being treated with dignity, many of these women are being left short without enough money to spend on food or to heat their homes. Labour is backing the WASPI campaign and if elected on 8 June I’ll take the fight for justice directly to Ministers.”
Government changes to the State Pension Age in 1995 and 2011 have affected thousands of women born in the 1950s across the UK raising their retirement age but without giving notice to these women.
Cllr Sue Dann said:
“I am a WASPI woman, and like thousands of other WASPI women in Plymouth I’ve been let down by these changes. This is a serious injustice - women have seen their long laid plans for their future thrown into uncertainty and doubt.”
This is a longstanding campaign that Sue Dann has supported as a councillor. She successfully proposed a motion at Plymouth City Council to back the WASPI campaign.
Also speaking last night was local WASPI woman Jacqueline Hilton, aged 60, who has been affected by these changes. She said “our pensions have been stolen from us.”
The Conservative candidates in the election were invited to attend the event but chose not to attend and not to sign the WASPI pledge.
If you are being affected by these changes and want to find out more about the WASPI campaign, visit http://www.waspi.co.uk/ and sign up to the local Devon group.