Published On: Thu, Nov 21st, 2019

State pension age latest news: WASPI women in Labour manifesto 2019 | Personal Finance | Finance

The Labour Party today said it recognises the “injustice” of the state pension age changes for women who were born in the 1950s. In the Labour Party 2019 manifesto, which was released today, the party pledged to work with those affected in order to design a “system of recompense for the losses and insecurity they have suffered”.

The manifesto commitment read: “Under the Tories, 400,000 pensioners have been pushed into poverty and a generation of women born in the 1950s have had their pension age changed without fair notification.

“This betrayal left millions of women with no time to make alternative plans – with sometimes devastating personal consequences.

“Labour recognises this injustice, and will work with these women to design a system of recompense for the losses and insecurity they have suffered.

“We will ensure that such an injustice can never happen again by legislating to prevent accrued rights to the state pension from being changed.”

Elsewhere in the manifesto, the Labour Party pledged to abandon plans by the Conservative Party to raise the state pension age, halting the rises at age 66 – an age which it is set to reach for both men and women in October 2020.

“We will review retirement ages for physically arduous and stressful occupations, including shift workers, in the public and private sectors,” the commitment continued.

WASPI commented on the pledge, telling “WASPI is pleased that the Labour Party continues to recognise the injustice faced by WASPI women and that they are prepared to work with us to design a system of recompense.

“Given the years we have been campaigning against this injustice, we are disappointed that this system has not yet been drafted nor costed as part of Labour’s manifesto commitments.

“We urge the party to develop a clear framework which outlines how and when this would be developed and implemented.

“As a campaign, we are calling for a bridging pension to provide an income from age 60 to the new State Pension age, combined with compensation for those women affected who have already reached their new State Pension age.

“We are pleased to see the Labour Party recognise the current hardship and make commitments to resolving it, however, this needs to go further.

“WASPI looks forward to engaging with Labour to design this system of compensation and ensure that we achieve the best and fairest outcome for all 1950s born women at the earliest opportunity.”

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