KIRKCALDY AND COWDENBEATH MEETING - 17TH NOVEMBER 2016
The Robert Nairn (Wetherspoons) in Kirkcaldy - 6pm
UPDATE FROM PENSION INEQUALITY MEETING HELD AT LOCAL MP’S OFFICE ON 5TH NOVEMBER 2016
Local women affected by changes to their state pension age voiced their concerns at a meeting held on Saturday by the MP for the Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath
constituency, Roger Mullin, with a view to setting up a Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) group.
The Pensions Acts of 1995 and 2011 included plans to increase the State Pension age for women to 65, in line with men. The changes will affect women born on or after 6 April 1951.
Mr Mullin said:
“There are various WASPI groups across Scotland but none specifically for the Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath constituency, so I thought it was important to get the ball rolling. I’m pleased to say we had a good turnout at the meeting and an appetite for setting up a more formal group.
“While few would argue against bringing the pension age for women in line with men, the way the UK Government has implemented these changes is utterly disgraceful. Women born in the 1950s have been given very little or no time to make alternative plans for their retirement.
“There needs to be a fair transition for women born in the 1950s.”
A further meeting for local women affected by the changes will be held at 6pm on 17 November at The Robert Nairn (Wetherspoons) in Kirkcaldy.