Today campaigners at the High Court lost a legal battle against the government’s handling of the rise in the women’s state pension age. The application to the court addressed matters arising from the government policy of equalisation of the pension ages and its impact on women born in the 1950s.

Jon Cruddas MP has been contacted by numerous woman who are set to be affected by accelerated changes to women’s state pension age. Jon has supported the WASPI campaign from the beginning, and last year the local MP wrote out to thousands of women born in the 1950s who are s­­­et to be effected by the government’s shambolic handling of the ‘equalisation of state pension age’.  

Jon commented:“The decision to accelerate the transition period pulled the rug out from under thousands of women’s feet leaving them little time to plan for their new circumstances.” 

On February 1st MPs debated proposed issues surrounding the changes to the state pension age, which will see the retirement age for women rise to 66 by 2020 bringing it in line with the retirement age for men. The dispute is focused on the changes to the speed of transition from age 60 to 66 which will leave many women in financial difficulty at a time of life when they should be secure.