I stand with the WASPI women - Ged Killen
The Labour MP for Rutherglen and Hamilton West, Ged Killen, is holding a meeting for women born in the 1950s who have been affected by changes to the state pension age.
The local MP, with the support of the Glasgow and Lanarkshire branch of the Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) campaign, will be hosting an information meeting at the Cambuslang Institute this week, where women who may be affected by these changes will be able to find out how they can complain to the Department for Work and Pensions.
WASPI began campaigning in 2015 in opposition to accelerated increases in the state pension age, which it argues disproportionately and unfairly affected women born in the 1950s.
There are over 5,000 women living in Rutherglen and Hamilton West who have been affected by these changes, many of whom were expecting to retire at 60 and have subsequently discovered this will no longer be the case.
“In my time as the MP for Rutherglen and Hamilton West, several women in my constituency have contacted me regarding changes to the state pension age. These changes affect women born in the 1950s, they came about with very little notice and mean that many will have to wait longer to get their pension and could lose tens of thousands of pounds in the process." said Mr. Killen.
“With the support of the Glasgow and Lanarkshire Branch of WASPI, I am holding a public information meeting at the Cambuslang Institute this Thursday [20th September] at 6.30pm.
“There are over 5,000 women across Rutherglen, Cambuslang, Blantyre and Hamilton who have been affected by these changes and if you think you or someone you know may be one of them, please come along to hear from campaigners about the action you can take to complain to the DWP and help to build the case that maladministration has taken place.
Anne Potter, from WASPI’s Glasgow and Lanarkshire Branch welcomed the event.
“The WASPI is made up of women born in the 1950s who have had their plans for retirement ruined by faster than promised changes to the state pension age with little or no notice given to those affected. For thousands of women and their families across Rutherglen and Hamilton West, this has meant financial hardship in older age. What makes matters worse is that this unfairness is compounded by years of discrimination and inequality at work." she said.
“As someone who has been affected by these changes I am keen to encourage women born in the 1950’s to make their voice heard and record their dissatisfaction at the actions of the DWP delaying and stalling the process in getting thousands of working and retired women what they are owed."