Stephen Morgan MP has hand delivered a letter to Esther McVey, the new Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on behalf of women in his constituency, and across the country, who have been affected by the change in state pension age (SPA).
The Portsmouth South MP personally hand delivered the letter to ensure that it was received as many women in his constituency have still not received a letter notifying them that the pension age for women has been changed from 60 to 65, and then 66.
Stephen Morgan MP said:
“Many women born in the 1950s in my constituency and across the country did not receive proper notice of changes to their retirement age.
This has caused serious financial and emotional hardship for many of them, which is unacceptable, this is a generation known for its work ethic and financial prudence which makes this situation all the more unjust.”
The Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) action group has been campaigning to achieve fair transitional state pension arrangements for all women born in the 1950s affected by the changes to the state pension law. Stephen has been working with the local Solent WASPI group to campaign for change and raise awareness of the injustice for women.
Joint Co-ordinators Shelagh Simmons and Carolyne Jacobs, from Solent WASPI said:
“We are not asking for the pension age to revert back to 60, we are simply fighting for a basic right, the fair implementation and communication of the changes to state pension age.”
Stephen goes on to say:
“Labour is the only party bringing forward options that the Government has no reason to refuse. The pension credit and an early retirement option are first steps towards justice for these women that the Government could action now.
“As well as writing to the Secretary of State, I will continue to be an active local campaigner with WASPI women and a strong national voice to stand up for those affected. Together we will right the wrong.”