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MORAY MP ROBERTSON KEEPS UP PENSION PRESSURE ON PM

05/02/2016  

Moray’s SNP MP Angus Robertson is continuing to press the UK Government at the highest levels to take action on State Pension inequality to help women born in the 1950s affected by the later retirement age.

The local MP and other Westminster colleagues have been pushing hard on the pension issue. If changes are not made by the Government many women will be significantly worse off through no fault of their own.

Speaking during Prime Minister’s Questions, local MP Mr Robertson asked Prime Minister David Cameron if he agreed that there is no justification for discrimination against women.

The House of Commons voted “to immediately introduce transitional arrangements for those women negatively affected” by pension equalisation, and the SNP called on the UK Government to set up an independent commission to investigate how changes to the state pension will affect both men and women.

A petition by the Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) Campaign, which calls on the UK Government to make fair transitional state pension arrangements for women born in the 1950s, has attracted more than 100,000 signatures and will be debate in Parliament on Monday.

Commenting, Angus Robertson MP said:

“I continue to receive letters and emails from women born in the 1950s who will be adversely affected by the UK Government’s pension plans.

“Women born in the 1950s have been badly let down by the UK Government when it comes to their pensions and it is morally reprehensible that many thousands of women will actually lose out financially as a result of changes that were designed to make pensions more equal.

“I asked the Prime Minister if he is aware of the State Pension inequality that is impacting on many women - what is he going to do to respect the decision of the parliament and help those women affected who were born in the 1950’s, who should have had proper notice to plan their finances and their retirement?

“We have vastly different situations across the UK with a person aged 65 in Scotland today likely to live until they are 82 if they are man and 84 if they are a woman - nearly two and a half years below life expectancy in England meaning a pensioner in Scotland – no matter whether they are a woman or a man - has much less time to enjoy a secure and comfortable retirement.

“The SNP fully support equalisation but now, more than ever, it is absolutely vital that the same mistakes are not repeated which is why the UK Government should establish an independent pensions commission to fully investigate the effects of the pension reforms."

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