- Labour will offer pay-outs of up to £31,000, with an average payment of £15,000, to compensate women hit by the Tories’ state pension rise.
- This will have a huge impact for the the 2.5 million women affected by this change 8,000 of whom live in Plymouth.
- Luke Pollard: “Women born in the 1950s deserve pension justice.”
Pay-outs of up to £31,000 will be made to women born in the 1950s, who have had their pensions stolen. The scheme will be delivered within Labour’s first full five year term of government. Payments will go to women born in the 1950s who had their state pension age hiked. The average payment will be £15,000.
The generation of women born in the 1950s were betrayed by the Conservative and Liberal Democrat Coalition government, who decided to accelerate the rise in women’s state pension age. This has placed women in Plymouth in real hardship.
There are 2.5 million women affected by this change 8,000 of whom live in Plymouth. Luke has been the only Plymouth MP to support the WASPI campaign, which has fought for state pension justice.
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 said:
This is simply a case of right and wrong. These women have worked hard all their lives, paid their taxes, raised children, contributed to society, cared for their loved ones and believed that when they retired the state would honour the obligations set out to support them. This has not happened, which is a disgrace and has left some are without enough money to spend on food or to heat their homes. Labour will do the right thing, and give these women the pension they deserve.