West Cumbrian MP Jamie Reed has spoken of his concern that 3,870 women born on or after 6th April 1951 in his constituency have have been affected by the acceleration of the equalisation of the State Pension Age, a change that began in 1995 and was compounded in 2011.
In Copeland, according to the independent House of Commons Library, around 3,870 women have been directly affected by the 2011 Pensions Act alone.
223 local residents have signed an e-petition calling for transitional arrangements, which received almost 200,000 signatures nationwide. The petition was organised by the Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) campaign, which 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. Whilst they agree with pension equalisation, they do not agree with the way that the changes were implemented – with little or no personal notice, faster than promised, and leaving women affected no time to make alternative plans.
Jamie Reed MP has demonstrated his active support for the campaign by writing to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, and by tabling a Parliamentary Question calling on Government to make transitional arrangements for those women affected.
Copeland MP Jamie Reed said:
“Inaction is not an option, Government must look again at this issue and put forward proposals to help those affected as a matter of urgency.
“It is absolutely clear that women who have been affected by the state pension equalisation should have been given adequate notice, and transitional arrangements should have been made to prevent hardship.
“This is a matter that a great number of my constituents have raised with me. I have written repeatedly on their behalf to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, and I tabled a Parliamentary Question calling for transitional arrangements to be made for those affected.
“ I continue to apply pressure to Government in order to secure the transitional arrangements that those affected rightly deserve.”