WASPI Women Challenge State Pension Rules In Court

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WASPI women are refusing to take no for an answer in the state pension row with the British government.

The protestors – part of Women Against Station Pension Inequality – are funding a legal challenge against the government’s decision to make tens of thousands of women wait longer to collect their retirement cash.

Prior to the new measures, women collected their state pensions at 60 years old compared to men, who had to wait until they were 65 – but now women born in the early 1950s must wait until they are 67.

The rules are set to phase in over several years, with pension ages for men and women equalising by 2020.

No U-turn says pensions minister

Despite pressure from lobbying, pensions minister Richard Harrington has restated that women born in the 1950s will not be paid compensation due to state pension rule changes.

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He also announced that no rule changes are planned and WASPI protests will not lead to any review or change of rules.

The disappointing news has triggered another wave of protests from women in their 60s who claim the decision is unfair and discriminates against women.

WASPI also argues that the rules were badly explained at changed too near their expected retirement ages for thousands of women who had already planned their finances only to find state pension payments were delayed.

£75,000 raised for legal fees

In six days, the fund to pay WASPI legal costs for taking their case to the High Court in London has tipped £75,000.

Pat Tarttelin, who is on the WASPI management team, said: “Raising £75,000 in just under a week has been a fantastic achievement. We never imagined people would step up so quickly to support our cause. It’s a clear signal that the time has come for the government to recognise this injustice and realise WASPI means business.”

The WASPI case impacts on expat women receiving the British state pension, as their state pension age is tied to the UK rather than the place where they live.

Besides the legal fight, WASPI has also delivered a petition with 270,000 signatures to Downing Street and is whipping up local protests around Britain, including lobbying MPs for their support.

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  1. Totally disgraceful the backtracking of this tory government, first my wife’s delayed pension right now at 67yrs she is now medically unfit to work, then the backtracking of my mis-sold annuity through the pension freedoms due in April 2017. being reversed, by the same government, who do they think they are these fat cats !! playing about with our well earned retirement money.
    A furiously frustrated tax payer.

  2. Thank you for highlighting this issue, although there are a couple of factual inaccuracies in the article. WASPI stands for Women Against State Pension Inequality – the changes affect around 2.5 million women – the new SPA being 66.
    The changes were not badly explained – they were not communicated at all when the 1995 act was passed which made the initial increases.
    No-one was written to by the DWP, this left women to find out only when approaching retirement – in my case I discovered at 58 that I would not receive my State Pension at 60 as anticipated.
    In 2011 the age was increased again and my retirement age is now 65.5yrs.
    The WASPI women do not have an issue with the equalisation of the ages, but there was not sufficient notice to make alternative arrangements, many people having already made life-decisions based on the anticipation of being in receipt of their pension at 60.
    It is almost impossible to find new employment at this age, and this cohort of women mostly have poor private pension provision due to having suffered lower pay than their male counterparts and for many, were not even allowed to join company pension schemes at the start of their working lives.
    These changes have left women in serious hardship and it is a disgrace that the government avoids the real facts when answering the questions of the many MPs who are on the side of WASPI women.

  3. The article points out that the changes will impact on expatriate women as those who will be eligible for a UK pension will be governed by the same rules as apply in the UK.

    Whatever one’s views on the aims of Waspi it should also be pointed out that depending on what country they retire in, pensioners in some countries do not receive the annual index linked up-rate…the basic pension is frozen at the level at which it first becomes payable in the host country. No increases ever.

    This scandal which denies some 4% of all UK pensioners, who have met the same NI contribution terms and conditions as everyone else in their working lives, the right to withdraw on the same terms and conditions in retirement has been going on for almost seventy years.

    The Waspi ladies will receive their pensions in accordance with what their contributions entitle them to and from the date they become eligible. That may be over a disproportionate timescale but is not dıscrimination. The frozen pensioner does not receive theır entitlement; that is discrimination.

  4. This is the next to last paragraph which says :”The WASPI case impacts on expat women receiving the British state pension, as their state pension age is tied to the UK rather than the place where they live”..
    Further to that there will be some of these ex-pats, especially in the Commonwealth, who will on retirement find that they receive no annual increases ever because of the Frozen Pension policy imposed by section 20 of the Pension Act which in itself is a broken contract between the Government and Pensioner as the pension is not and never has been a benefit but is a paid for rightful contract between them which is mandatorily placed on a person and their employer when starting work.
    This is constantly denied by Government through the DWP by the use of lies and deceit quoting longevity as one reason for the policy to continue.

  5. I find myself in an awful position at the time of my life when things should be getting easier. My husband is unable to do his normal job due to critical arthritis In his ankles and I have to pay everything from one salary including a high mortgage. I could do with my state pension to help make ends meet. I was born on 8 July 1954 and work 37.5 hours a week. I constantly worry about being able to pay everything from one salary and live in fear of losing my job.

  6. I feel disgusted when you think your going to receive your pension at 60 then they inform you that you can’t receive it until your 66 where is the contributions gone what we paid in from being 16years of age it must amount to millions we just except to receive what is ours

  7. I’ve worked all my life never had children or any time off and always paid my contributions and now I have to continue to work till I’m 66 from being 16 paid 50 years of contributions anyone who has never worked will get the same pension, it’s sooo wrong where is the justice the goverment has got a clue

  8. Left school at 14 born in august 1954 told I would get my pension at 60 suffering ill health and still doing partime labouring job’s don’t think I’ll make 67 at this rate shame on the government and the priminester sitting in her nice warm office while I’m outside in freezing cold when I should be retired

  9. People that had paid contribution to the state pension should never have been dictated too by the government , the government never even considered these women’s right , yes I agree changes needed to be made but not to give people the choice to discuss their future pension contributions was so wrong, and then giving it to the none contributors at 60 is just a slap in the face , I feel the governments are responsible for bad management of tax payers contributions, what they should of offered was us people to be involved as we have already contributed for ove 35. Yrs etc , if changes were to be be made they should of started from the school leavers or under 30yrs olds, or even offer us the option to increase our contribution to enable us the CHOICE to still retire at 60, or even under equal ops bring the men’s age age down to 62.5 and the women’s up to 62.5 freeing the jobs up for the younger generation but no they just didn’t give us the chance to have our say , yet other are reaping heat we have contributed very annoyed we weren’t give the choice , and by the looks of it state pensions will be obsolete before long

    • Firstly, we DO NOT live in a Christian country. We live under the rule of the bankers laws, which are basically of greed and usury. Our government is corrupt, and everything BUT Christian. It spends billions on killing little children in foreign countries, this isn’t defence its offence. It steals oil just like America, it’s still an imperialist country.
      Stealing to the U.K. government is so entrenched, after hundreds of years of stealing from Africa, India etc., do we really think it gives a fig about stealing from its countries people??? It gives not one iota of a jot!
      Btw I’m not religious but think about this.
      The queen is the head of the supposedly Christian church of England.
      We are supposedly a Christian country, by name only.
      No government whether Tory or Labour are honest and fair. We are being run by powers behind the scenes.
      The European Union is undemocratic and blatantly occultist.
      How do we expect to get justice for anything for the common people, the tax payers?
      This U.K. is ruled by the banking cartel.
      Go figure!!!!

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