Please also check out our Media Coverage page


The protest scheduled for the 20th June has been postponed. Will resume of the 27th June


Plans for the WASPI Regional Rally Day on the 14th July are well under way. The rallies are taking place throughout the UK so please .

WATCH THIS SPACE for further info or contact your nearest Local Group .


Women Against State Pension Inequality Ltd. thank the APPG for their report on “Transitional Arrangements for 1950s-Born Women Affected by State Pension Changes”. We are grateful for the continuing support of the APPG in highlighting the hardship faced by WASPI women and in working towards a solution for those affected by this injustice.
However, we were surprised and disappointed that our ask of a bridging pension and recompense for those affected did not feature in the proposals put forward in the report. The WASPI Campaign has been acknowledged as the most successful women’s campaign this century, and our ask has been endorsed by a huge number of MPs from across the political spectrum.

Along with representatives from other pension groups the WASPI Campaign’s local group Co-ordinators were invited to submit their individual responses as evidence to the APPG consultation They did so, reinforcing our ask of a bridging pension and recompense for those women who are now in receipt of their state pension.
Overall, our campaign’s international and local groups submitted 101 individual responses, making up the vast majority of the 116 responses received by the APPG.

The sheer number of responses supporting our ask should have resulted in it being included among the proposals for consideration. As this is not the case, we are concerned that the input of 101 WASPI groups has been overlooked.

Our ask calls for a fair solution for all of the women affected by the mismanagement of changes to the State Pension age. However, we are concerned that whilst the report itself acknowledges that most WASPI women are opposed to a means-tested solution, many of the proposals put forward include just that. We recognise that there are countless women who are in need of immediate financial assistance, however they should not be subjected to means-testing. We feel strongly that the proposals put forward by the APPG require further clarification, and hope to see more detail in due course.

We recognise that there will be small steps along the way in achieving fair transitional arrangements for all WASPI women and WASPI will continue to campaign both nationally and with our local groups across the country to achieve our ask of fair transitional arrangements for all women affected.

We have plans for ongoing engagement with members of the APPG and our supporters from all political parties to fight for our cause and look forward to with working with them to achieve justice for WASPI women.


Over 500 women from across Stroud attended a St Laurence Church, Stroud on Thursday 3 May to discuss unfair changes to pension age. Watch the video here:-


James Frith MP (Labour - BuryNorth):- There was standing room only at the WASPI meeting hosted by James Frith on Thursday 26th April.

The meeting was held " to help determine my future work in Parliament on this issue, rest assured that I will continue to champion this cause and support al attempts in Parliament to secure a fairer deal for WASPI women"


Thank you BBC Daily Politics and Jo Coburn for an objective report on this grave injustice.

Thanks also Philippa Whitford SNP and Sarah Pennels for your support and input.

Great interviews from WASPI Director Lila Bennett, Barbara Allen (Liverpool co-ordinator) and members Hilary Dunn and Janine Sayed.

Watch here! (40 mins in)
We are pleased to announce that new Directors have been appointed to the WASPI Board at a crucial time in the campaign following the resignation of a number of former Directors. The appointments are now showing on Companies House website.
Since the resignations the Board has worked hard to build on the excellent political momentum WASPI has gained over the past two years.
The new Board has:
  • Appointed an interim Operational Team;
  • Created a new post of Company Secretary to manage the changes;
  • Begun discussions about widening the membership of the Board so that WASPI reflects all our members;
  • Continued work on the new website;
  • Begin discussions with UNISON to continue their fantastic support;
  • On-going political engagement with the help of our political media consultants Connect; who are continuing to work on our behalf to ensure the campaign is at the forefront of the political agenda. They will also continue to get the campaign media coverage in local and national press and periodicals such as YOURS magazine and much more.
During this is a time of change, the new team will continue to drive the campaign forward, with ongoing political and   legal activity.


The WASPI campaign has responded to proposals put forward by Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, Debbie Abrahams to allow WASPI women to retire up to two years early.

Responding to the announcement,  a WASPI spokesperson said:
“We are disappointed and concerned by the announcement made by the Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions at Labour Party Conference this afternoon and the details provided in the media in advance of it this morning.

This morning it was reported that the proposal due to be announced would only apply to some WASPI women. This is no better than the actuarial reduced pension suggested some time ago and rejected by the WASPI Campaign because it pushes women into pensioner poverty.

We released a short statement earlier today explaining how concerned we were with this suggested proposal which would include elements of means testing and does not include any level of compensation for those who have lost such significant amounts of their State Pension.

We have since met with many Labour MPs and campaign supporters at the conference to raise our concerns quickly and directly. While the proposal reported this morning was very disappointing we have taken comfort that Labour MPs and our supporters close to the Labour Party shared our concerns. The announcement has come as a shock to many of those MPs, some of whom sit in the Shadow Cabinet.

The speech that has followed this afternoon provided less information that initially reported. We hope this is because those who support our campaign raised their concerns immediately with the leadership of the Labour Party.

Although this means we remain unclear as to what the Labour Party position is, we are grateful for their pledge during the General Election to work directly with WASPI women to identify and deliver the transitional arrangements WASPI women need. We will continue to work with Labour MPs to find a solution which properly recognises the injustice for WASPI women and does not pit us against each other.”

A group of cross party MPs, including Conservatives, has sponsored a bill aimed at forcing the government to review the current pension arrangements for WASPI women, born in the 1950s.

The bill, which was presented in Parliament in September, is the start of movement to persuade the Government to look again at the changes to the Pension Acts of 1995 and 2011. The Bill will have it's second reading on April 27th.
Support for WASPI had been expressed by 37 Tory MPs before the general election, including former children’s minister Tim Loughton and Caroline Spelman, the former party chairwoman.The Scottish National Party are also in favour, as is the Democratic Unionist Party, May’s partner in a deal to pass key votes. This full cross party support means that there is a real possibility that the government could be defeated on the WASPI issue. WASPI groups are increasing the pressure by contacting their MPs again before Parliament returns to business next month.
The message this week is KEEP WRITING TO YOUR MP. If you’re unsure what to say there’s a template letter here . Other ways you can help the campaign can be found there too. Everyone can do something. Do whatever you can. This is the time for WASPI Women to push forward for justice.


The WASPI Campaign has welcomed the Institute for Fiscal Studies report (01.08.2017) on the female State Pension Age, household incomes and Government finances.

The IFS’ principal finding that increases to the female State Pension Age has already boosted the Government’s finances by £5.1bn per year, is particularly shocking when the fall in household incomes caused by the reform have pushed income poverty among 60 to 62-year-old women up sharply.

View Report
Commenting on the report, WASPI Director, Jane Cowley said:

Once again, this shows that the Government has implemented State Pension Age reforms without adequately considering the full impact of these changes on the women affected.

Whether it is the 3.5 million WASPI women who were not given sufficient warning of rises to their State Pension Age, or the sharp rise in income poverty among 60 to 62-year-old women, the Government needs to sit up and start realising that its changes have devastating consequences on the women affected.

Yet again, it is women who are paying the price for the Government’s pension reforms. This simply isn’t good enough when the UK already has one of the biggest pension pay gaps in Europe.


WASPI thank the MPs who spoke so eloquently in the Westminster Hall Debate, and welcome new MPs to the discussion. The position of the WASPI women was put factually and with passion. The Minister's response was wholly inadequate and did not in any way properly address the injustice suffered by women born in the 1950s.

The Campaign remains focussed. Please make your complaints of maladministration. To find out how visit the Action page for a how to guide and template letters to follow.
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The WASPI Campaign has today (22.6.17) responded to the Queen’s Speech and written to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, David Gauke calling for urgent action to resolve the issues arising from the lack of notice to 1950s born women about the changes to their State Pension Age.
The WASPI general election campaign called on all election candidates to pledge to work in Parliament to help the 3.5 million women affected by these changes. It secured the support of 480 candidates, 190 of whom are now in Parliament.
WASPI spokesperson said:

“We were very disappointed that the Government made no mention of WASPI women in the Queen’s Speech yesterday.

“In the run-up to the General Election we were delighted that so many candidates pledged to work in Parliament to find a solution. This included a number of Conservative MPs who have pledged to support our campaign.

“Since then, however, there has been no recognition from the Government of the severe financial hardship faced by women across the country because of the mismanagement of changes to the state pension age.

“We have received support for our campaign from all of the political parties, including an enhanced commitment from the Labour Party to deliver transitional arrangements, and were particularly pleased with Westminster SNP Leader, Ian Blackford’s comments yesterday, raising the WASPI issue in Parliament. However, this is not enough.

“We need to take forward discussions on WASPI as a matter of urgency, and have today written to the Secretary of State with a request to meet with us to discuss how we can achieve fairness and justice for all women, regardless of their background and financial situation.”

The Westminster Leader of the SNP, Ian Blackford said in response to the Queen’s Speech yesterday, “it is utterly disgraceful that some of the worst affected women were given 14 months written notice of an increase in their pensionable age.”
“We welcome the Labour party’s commitment to WASPI women and their understanding that we deserve both recognition for the injustice we have suffered and compensation. We look forward to reviewing their actual proposals as soon as possible. 
“We also appreciate their recognition of the breach of trust between WASPI women and the government by their intent to change the law so no other group of workers will suffer as we have.

“Although it is positive that they are committed to exploring options for further transitional protections, we would like to see the Labour party commit to implementing a ‘bridging’ pension to provide an income from age 60 until State Pension Age for all women affected.

“Our campaign is about fairness and justice for all women, regardless of their background and financial situation.  Around 3.5 million women are affected, we must fight this injustice together.”


"We are very disappointed that the Liberal Democrats have decided not support WASPI women in this manifesto.
Around 3.5 million women deserve fairness and justice, regardless of their background and financial situation. To ignore this many women is a huge oversight by the Lib Dem leadership.
We must work to fight this injustice together. We are pleased to have received individual support from Liberal Democrat candidates across the country, and we hope they will stand up for us and convince the wider party to back the WASPI women's campaign".


"We are very disappointed that the Conservative Party has chosen to ignore the voices of 3.5 million women who have lost out, unfairly, because of pension changes unreasonably introduced by successive governments. 
We are fighting for fairness and justice for all women and want recognition of the mismanagement of the changes to the state pension age. 
Our votes are likely to significantly impact the election results. We had hoped that the Conservatives would choose to fight this injustice with us, particularly given that Conservative candidates have pledged to support WASPI women in the next Parliament"


WASPI are proud to present Charlie White who, aged only 10, has a great career in politics ahead of him. Hearing about the WASPI women's fight he asked to lobby his MP and did.  

Here's Charlie with his signed certificate from the WASPI Board. We wish him all the best and thank him for his interest.

As well as politics and important issues Charlie is keen on football and plays for Hull United Whites Under 10s. Well done!

Is he the youngest WASPI Campaign Supporter?


Please follow the link here to see the letter Bindmans have sent to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to coincide with International Women's Day.

It states we are seeking redress for the injustice suffered by women in the 1950s resulting from the substantial changes to state pension arrangements that were not properly communicated.

WASPI Crowdjustice

We are pleased to announce that we have retained Connect Communications to work with us on our political campaign.  The generous grant from The Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust has enabled us to do this and Connect will be working closely with us to enable us to make our voices heard by the decision makers in government.

Connect is a well respected firm with experience in supporting clients to deliver high impact political communications and an ethical approach to public affairs.


Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) are delighted to announce that they have just been awarded a large grant by the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust Ltd.

The grant will further enable WASPI to engage in effective national level political campaigning in its bid to secure fair transitional pension arrangements for the all women born in the 1950s who have been affected by changes to their State Pension Age.

The Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust Ltd (JRRT) supports political campaigns in the UK to promote democratic reform, civil liberties and social justice. 

Jane Cowley, Fundraising Director of WASPI said, “We are enormously grateful that JRRT have given us these funds which will cover the expenses of our political campaign for the next six months. Having this funding means that we can get the support we need to get our point of view heard by decision makers at government level.”

Over the past months we've been working with Gloria Mills MBE, National Secretary Equalities, UNISON & President, European Trade Union Confederation Women’s Committee. We’re now delighted to let you all know that UNISON have pledged support for WASPI at national level. ​This is accompanied by a generous and considerable financial donation to go towards the campaign's running costs as well as practical support at local branch level.

APPG Formation

WASPI have had a constructive conference with their legal counsel and are now taking the next steps in their potential legal challenge whilst at the same time pursuing maladministration complaints to the DWP regarding the changes in state pension age for women born in the 1950s.

Advice was given by leading QCs John Turner and Gerry Facenna, supported by rising legal star Daisy Mackersie, instructed by Bindmans, on the next steps in their potential challenge.
WASPI Legal Director Susan Beevers commented: “We had a very helpful discussion with counsel and are pleased that we shall be taking the next steps in the legal process.  As I am sure our supporters will understand, I cannot provide further detailed information, as that information is legally privileged and it would be harmful to our case to reveal it at this stage.  We will, of course, provide further details as soon as we are able.”
Work is ongoing and it is not expected that there will be a further update on the potential judicial review challenge until late January at the earliest, although support for making the maladministration claims to the DWP should be issued earlier in the New Year.
APPG Formation
We have a great new team working really hard to push the campaign forward.  We now need to complement our team by recruiting additional volunteers to help us with important activity over the following months. 

To us, your time is priceless. Whether you can volunteer for a few hours every so often or a regular weekly shift, you’ll play a crucial part in keeping your Campaign progressing. Find out more here
The WASPI campaign gaining remarkable attention from the success of the local group demonstrations and events right across the country on Friday 16 September. There have been articles on radio, TV and in the papers in all regions.

Perhaps not surprisingly in the fact of this widespread support, Richard Harrington, the pensions minister, felt he needed to make a statement to the effect that the government was not diverting from its usual line of “no plans to revisit the arrangements”.
​​Sadly for him, it’s clear from the response on social media that this statement has only served to stiffen the resolve and determination of WASPI women to continue their fight for a fair resolution to the pensions debacle.​​

In fact, the government must now begin to see how isolated it is becoming on this issue.  Over 30 local and county councils have passed resolutions in support of WASPI, often with Conservative councillors voting in favour too.  Many Conservative MPs have joined the All Party Parliamentary Group and WASPI local groups continue to work hard to persuade other Tory MPs to support the campaign.
We recently saw the Scottish National Party launch a piece of research they had commissioned regarding the costs of making fair pension arrangements for 1950s women.  This was aimed only at putting right the failings of the 2011 Pensions Act, and thus fell short of the aim of the WASPI campaign, which is for a fair outcome for all women affected by both the 1995 and 2011 Acts.  However, it was a useful first step in showing the Government that, despite their statements to the contrary, money is available in the National Insurance Fund for 1950s women’s pensions and that they have been mistaken in their calculations as to how much various solutions could cost.
The number of local WASPI groups continues to grow and they are making a very positive difference to the impact and reach of the campaign.  Women out and about on the National Day of Local Action on the 16th September received thousands of signatures for a petition which was handed in to Parliament on the 11th October and they continue to raise awareness through a whole range of different local initiatives.
WASPI has chosen Bindmans to represent them in pursuing a legal challenge, funded via our  crowdjustice appeal. 

Building the new Strategy Group is nearly complete, and again, more information about the structure and format of the group will be with you in the near future.
Letters to to the DWP are continuing, with a view to making a formal complaint to the Parliamentary Ombudsman once the DWP’s complaint procedure is exhausted.  Legal advice is being sought before the next letter in the series is sent, to ensure that all the bases are covered properly.
These are exciting times for the WASPI campaign.  WASPI is the only campaigning group which supports all 1950s women, whatever their date of birth.  Perhaps because of this, the number of our supporters is growing every week and we now have just short of over 47,000 people following the Facebook page: far more than any other group.