East Worthing and Shoreham MP supports women’s pension age campaign

Tim Loughton, MP for East Worthing and Shoreham, speaking in the House of Commons last month
Tim Loughton, MP for East Worthing and Shoreham, speaking in the House of Commons last month

A petition opposing ‘unfair’ changes to the age women born in the 1950s can claim their state pension has been supported by East Worthing and Shoreham’s MP.

Tim Loughton said the Government should look again at the changes during the backbench debate in the House of Commons today (Thursday January 7).

More than 100,000 people have signed the Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) petition, which was started after changes meant women born in the 1950s could no longer access their state pension at the age of 60, after measures were introduced to equalise men and women’s pension ages.

The changes were confirmed several years ago but thousands across the country only realised months before they planned to retire, claiming they had little or no notice from the Government.

Mr Loughton described being delighted to speak on a need to right an ‘unfairness’.

He said: “I do believe that greatest burden of these changes seems to be falling on women who were born from 1950-55 and in many cases had very little notice to make alternative arrangements for their retirement.

“It is an issue that is not going to go away and the Women Against State Pension Inequality petition has now attracted over 100,000 signatures across the UK, 307 in East Worthing and Shoreham.

“Whilst I absolutely support the necessary equalisation of the retirement age, there are genuine concerns that a small cohort of women (which could still be as many as a million) seem to be paying a disproportionately high price, made worse by having had little notice to make alternative arrangements.

“I do believe there is a case for the Government to look again at transitional arrangements, which were in fact promised but never properly delivered.”

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