Published On: Tue, Oct 22nd, 2019

State pension age changes for women: Permission to Appeal lodged in High Court | Personal Finance | Finance

It comes after a judgement at the High Court ruled women from the Backto60 campaign were not discriminated against or treated unfairly for having to wait longer than they had planned for the state pension. In the past, the state pension age was 60 for women and 65 for men, but changes to the state pension age under the Pensions Act 1995 and the Pensions Act 2011 meant the state pension age for women reached 65 in November 2018 – affecting an estimated 3.8 million women.

Now, the state pension age is rising for both men and women, with it set to reach 66 by October 2020 ahead of further increases.

Today, BackTo60 said the organisation has lodged its application for permission to appeal at the High Court.

It follows a crowdfunding appeal which raised more than £70,000 of the £72,000 target in a week.

The BackTo60 campaign group’s focus is full restitution, damages and compensation for the changes to the state pension age for women.

Campaigners against the changes say the increases are unfair, as they have not allowed women born in the 1950s enough time to adjust their finances accordingly, and cope without the state pension they were expecting.

A judicial review into the changes earlier this month was based on the argument they were discriminated against, however the High Court disagreed.

In a summary of the court’s decision, Lord Justice Irwin and Mrs Justice Whipple said: “There was no direct discrimination on grounds of sex, because this legislation does not treat women less favourably than men in law.

“Rather it equalises a historic asymmetry between men and women and thereby corrects historic direct discrimination against men.”

At the time a Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) spokesman said: “We welcome the High Court’s judgment.

“It has always been our view that the changes we made to women’s state pension age were entirely lawful and did not discriminate on any grounds.”

Speaking to earlier this month, Backto60 founder Joanne Welch said: “We are under siege – but we are strident and confident in the latest advice we have received.

“Calls from women born in the 1950s to challenge the decision of the High Court resonate with the advice from our legal team to appeal.

“Our crowd funder to appeal the decision from the High Court facilitates both.”

Elsewhere in pension news, Retirement Living Standards were launched by the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) last week, in a bid to help people picture what they would like their retirement to look like, as well as understand the cost.

The standards are pitched at three levels: minimum, moderate and comfortable.

READ MORE: Cost of living alone in retirement revealed amid ‘dramatic’ rise in single pensioner households

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