DR LISA CAMERON MP PRESENTS LOCAL WASPI PETITION TO PARLIAMENT
East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow’s MP Dr Lisa Cameron has presented the local WASPI (Women Against State Pension Inequality) campaign petition to Parliament, where signatures from the constituency were combined with tens of thousands from all over Scotland and the UK.
Local MP Dr Cameron calls for the Tories to introduce transitional pension measures for women born in the 1950s. The 1995 Pensions Act legislated to bring the state pension age for women in line with the age for men over two decades but the 2011 Pensions Act rapidly accelerated the original timetable and the 2.6 million women affected by the changes – born in the 1950s – were not informed.
Dr Lisa Cameron MP said:
“More than two and a half million women have been unfairly hit by the rapid rises to the State Pension Age and as a result their retirement plans have been shattered. In East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow alone the number of women affected is around 5000, according to recent House of Commons Library statistics. That is a very significant number of women who have experienced unjust treatment by the UK Government. To make such major changes to these women’s pensions with so short a notice is totally unacceptable and ignores the years of planning and contribution that require to go into pension planning. No-one is arguing against the equalisation of the State Pension Age however, these women have paid National Insurance contributions and are due their pension – it is not a benefit but a contract that the UK Government has broken. The UK Government must now do the right thing and listen to the voices of the women so badly affected”.