UK GOVERNMENT STILL REFUSES PENSION RIGHTS FOLLOWING INDEPENDENT REPORT OUTLINING OPTIONS TO ALLEVIATE IMPACT OF PENSION AGE INCREASE
‘MP Marion Fellows condemns UK Government for neglecting their responsibilities to ensure pension rights for 4,000 people in the Motherwell and Wishaw constituency’
A recent independent report into the UK Government’s state pension age increases for women has made a number or proposals to secure the pension rights for those women affected.
The Pensions Act 2011 increased the state pension age for women from 60 to 66 which has changed the timetable to access pensions for a quarter of a million women across Scotland.
The Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) campaign was set up in response to the UK Government’s changes.
The report by Landman Economics made five recommendations. One recommendation is to return to original timetable which would eliminate the problem. This would cost around £8billion.
National insurance surplus is estimated to be £26.3billion in 2016/17 and £30.7billion in 2017/18.
Commenting, MP and SNP Pensioners Champion, Marion said:
“The UK Government must stop neglecting its responsibilities to the WASPI women. Pensions are not a benefit; they are a contract with workers which the UK Government has broken. As a result, the women affected are being denied their pension rights.
“4,000 women in the Motherwell and Wishaw constituency alone will be affected by the changes with some women having to wait an extra year and a half before accessing their pension.
“I agree with an equal state pension age between men and women, but the UK Government has unjustly accelerated the equalisation of pension ages and has given little notice to those affected leaving their plans for retirement in tatters.
“It is a disgrace that the Tories are refusing to review the decision despite an independent report highlighting a number of options to alleviate the impact which are entirely affordable and reasonable. It has now been left to the SNP to form an opposition to these utterly disgraceful proposals.
“In the coming weeks, the SNP will be delivering a copy of the report to Number 10. Rest assured, the SNP form a strong opposition to the Tories and will fight for the rights of pensioners across Scotland and the UK.”