- Women born in the 1950s have had their pensions stolen from them because Ministers changed their pension age and did not tell them
- Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) have been campaigning to get the pensions that are rightfully theirs
- Luke signed up to the WASPI pledged before he was elected and has continued to support them in Parliament
Yesterday, Luke joined the WASPI campaign in Parliament, to stand in solidarity with them and to re-pledge his support for proper pension justice. There are over 8,000 women in Plymouth who were born in the 1950s and have not received the pension they were promised, after Ministers made changes to their pension without communication.
Ministers are refusing to even take reasonable steps like giving women born in the 1950s the free bus passes they were promised. One Minister even said these women should become an apprentice to make ends meet.
Luke Pollard signed the WASPI pledge before he was elected, and promised to stand up for these women as an MP. Since being elected he has spoken in WASPI debates, asked questions and backed the campaigns of women born in the 1950s to get pension justice. He has held a public meeting attended by hundreds of women at Lipson school and he’s continued to argue the case for a proper solution to this problem.
Luke Pollard MP said:
“I’m a firm supporter of the WASPI campaign. My mum is a WASPI woman and I’m proud to be standing up for her and for the 8,000 other women in Plymouth who deserve to be treated much, much better by Ministers. We know a long-term solution will be expensive, but there are women living in poverty now because of the policies of this government and that is unforgivable. There was not a single mention of WASPI in the Queen’s Speech. Boris Johnson hopes that these women will simply go away, but they won’t – and sons of WASPI women like me won’t go away either. The way these women have been treated is appalling.”