Slough MP Fiona Mactaggart has joined MPs from across the House of Commons to form a new Parliamentary group on the State Pension Age. The new group will support those women hit by the acceleration of the equalisation of the State Pension Age, first in 1995 and then in 2011.
In Slough, according to the independent House of Commons Library, around 4,270 women are directly affected by the 2011 Pensions Act alone. 117 local residents signed the e-petition calling for transitional arrangements, which received almost 200,000 signatures nationwide.
Speaking at the launch of the new campaign group, Fiona said:
“I am proud to support all the people who want the government to end this unfair change which gives women too little time to change arrangements before they face poverty at a time they hoped to retire. We are not seeking to apportion blame to anybody. We simply want to get the best outcome for these women, many of whom have worked hard for decades without taking a penny out of the system.
“I am proud to be a founding member of this new Parliamentary campaign group. I hope that the new Work and Pensions Secretary will listen to us and that we will soon have the just outcome that the WASPI women deserve.”
The Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) campaign works to lobby the Government to introduce transitional arrangements for those women affected, many of whom were not notified about the changes, and took early retirement, leaving them without any income.
The Parliamentary Group, which was launched at the Palace of Westminster on Wednesday 11th May will be co-chaired by MPs from each of the parties, and will work closely with the WASPI campaign.
The All-Party Group will seek to work with the new Work and Pensions Secretary, Stephen Crabb, to introduce new arrangements.