Women fight for pensions

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our campaign aims to highlight the unfairness of proposals in the Government’s Pensions Bill.

We support the move to bring women’s state pension age in line with men’s at 65, but we object to the speed of the increase for women to 66 by 2020, six years earlier than planned. Around 330,000 women will, at very short notice, have to wait an extra 18 months or more before claiming state pension.

I and many other women feel this will hurt hard-working women, many of whom have worked for 40 years or more. Many of us have worked in relatively low-paid jobs or part-time because of caring responsibilities. These changes will mean real hardship especially to those with poor health.

We are asking MPs to ensure the Pensions Bill is amended to ensure any increase to the state pension age beyond 65 does not start until at least 2020.

Please send a state pension age campaign postcard to your MP, asking them to stick to the coalition government’s original timetable. To request copies, visit www.ageuk.org.uk/spa.

I’m directly affected by this change. After relucantly accepting that we must work until 65 (why not lower men’s pension age to 60?), I find I’ll have to work almost another two years because the Government has reneged on its earlier proposals and introduce the changes six years ealier. After almost 40 years on the job market, with no career break, I feel I’ve supported myself and contributed to society. So why should I now be penalised for having a work ethic?

All this at a time when we’re being asked to make more contributions to in-house pension schemes for a lower return. Any flexibility in the job market is being rapidly eroded. I need my state pension to supplement my small pension pots. Without it, I can’t retire. I guess they’ll be re-introducing workhouses and treadmills next.

Of course, we have a millionaires’ Cabinet, so they won’t be affected! They’d think twice if they were.

Julie Bradford, Ridgeway

Road, S12