WHAT ARE WE CAMPAIGNING FOR?
The 1995 Conservative Government’s Pension’s Act included plans to increase the State Pension age (SPa) for women to 65, the same as men. The 2007 Pension’s Act confirmed the equalisation and increased the SPa for women and men to 66, and the 2011 Pension’s Act accelerated that increase.
WASPI agrees with equalisation but does not agree with the unfair way the changes were implemented leaving no time to make alternative plans. Women were not properly informed. Retirement plans have been shattered with devastating consequences. The campaign started with ordinary women who in 2015 got together via Facebook and decided to fight this injustice.
THE AIM OF THE WASPI CAMPAIGN IS: TO ACHIEVE FAIR TRANSITIONAL STATE PENSION ARRANGEMENTS FOR ALL WOMEN BORN IN THE 1950s AFFECTED BY THE CHANGES TO THE STATE PENSION LAW (1995/2007/2011 ACTS).
This translates into a ‘bridging’ pension to provide an income until State Pension Age, not means-tested, and with recompense for losses for those women who have already reached their SPA. There are no specific age groups within the period mentioned above that are favoured above others.
WE DO NOT ASK FOR THE PENSION AGE TO REVERT BACK TO 60
COMPLAINTS OF MALADMINISTRATION
Many WASPI women made complaints of Maladministration to the Department of Work and Pensions. They were supported in this with the guides produced giving background information and templates developed with our legal advisers. The process has been long and protracted, however many of these complaints have now reached the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO). They are undertaking a root and branch investigation and we await the PHSO’s decision. You can read more about this here: Complaints about communication of changes to women’s State Pension age.