State Pension Age Parliamentary Group

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Today I joined MPs (including our very own Barbara next door who has worked very hard on this issue) 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 Salford and Eccles according to the independent House of Commons Library, around 3,640 women are directly affected by the 2011 Pensions Act alone.

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 at a standing room only meeting, will be co-chaired by MPs from each of the parties, and will work closely with the WASPI campaign.