On Wednesday 29th June Dawn Butler MP backed Brent WASPI (Women Against State Pension Inequality) campaigners in protesting against the 2011 Pension Act at the Houses of Parliament.
The 2011 Pensions Act passed by the last Coalition Government accelerated the timetable for the equalisation of the state pension age outlined in the 2007 Pensions Act. The Act means that the pension age for women born on or after the 6th April 1953 will increase to 65 by November 2018 and 66 by October 2020 bringing it in line with the station pension age for men.
In Brent alone there are nearly 4,500 women affected by changes to the state pension age.
Campaigners highlight that this timetable is much faster than the original one outlined in the 2007 Pensions Act whereby the state pension age would have equalised at 66 by 2024. The WASPI campaigners who lobbied Parliament raised concerns that women born in the 1950s will face hardship as a result of the 2011 Pensions Act.
Dawn Butler MP said:
“Women in their sixties are quite rightly angry. There is are nearly 4,500 women in Brent who will lose out due to Government changes to the state pension age. Like WASPI I support equalisation but the Government must give women more time to build up their pensions. It is a shame that this Tory Government are letting hard working women of pension age down.”