Judicial Review over change to women’s pension age to open next week.
A legal challenge to the way the government changed the pension age for women will be heard in the divisional court this week.
The Waspi campaign says the fight for justice is not about the equalisation of pension age for men and women. But maladministration by the Department of Work and pensions in the way changes to pensions were introduced. Waspi says the changes were not publicised after a decision in 2011 to bring them forward. And it left many women unprepared and facing devastating hardship.
The case is to examine if 3.9million women born in the 1950s received communication appropriately.
The case will examine whether 3.9 million women born in the 1950s were communicated to appropriately regarding changes to the state pension age that result in later retirement. The case was brought by Back to 60.
Until 2010 women were eligible for their state pension when they reached 60 but the changes have seen this rise. The age that women qualify for the state pension now 65, rising to 66 in October and 67 for men and women by 2028.
Back to 60 and Waspi campaigners say women born in the 1950s have been hit unfairly. They did not receive proper notice and many have been left in poverty. They are calling for these women to receive their state pension from the age of 60. Some women have lost everything some are nurses who are just not capable of carrying on until they are 66 or 67. Many women have been using their savings to survive and simply can not find a new job when they are 60 plus.
Back to 60 and Waspi say they are not against equalising the pension age but there should have been adequate notice.
The judicial review for the Back to 60 case takes place on June 5-6. Justice for women marches have been held in St Peters Avenue Cleethorpes.
Source: The Isle of Thanet news.