Dawn Butler MP has criticised the Government’s plans to accelerate the equalisation of the State Pension Age (SPA) affecting 4,460 women in Brent Central.

Under the Government’s plans 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 to bring it in line with the Station Pension Age for men. This is much faster than the original timetable outlined in the 2007 Pensions Act whereby the increase would have been implemented at 66 by 2024. The changes were accelerated by the previous Coalition Government in the Pensions Act 2011.

The Women Against State Inequality (WASPI) campaigners have raised concerns that women who were born in the 1950s will face specific hardship as a result of the Government’s plan many of whom were not aware of the very recent change.

Dawn Butler MP said:

“The manner in which the Government has handled the decision to bring forward the rise in the State Pension Age is disappointing. The Pensions Commission recommended that people be given at least 15 years notice of any change to the State Pension Age to allow people to properly plan for their retirement. The Government did not start informing people of the change in the 2011 act until 2013 which means over 2 million women in the UK, and 4,460 in Brent Central, have had less than 5 years notice of the change to the State Pension Age throwing many plans into chaos. The Government must put in place transitional arrangements to help those women hit the hardest by this change.”

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