New Amber Valley group set up to help women discuss their State Pension needs

MP Nigel Mills was a guest at the Amber Valley WASPI's (Women Against State Pension Inequality) first meeting.
MP Nigel Mills was a guest at the Amber Valley WASPI's (Women Against State Pension Inequality) first meeting.

A new group has been set up for Amber Valley women to discuss their State Pension needs.

Amber Valley Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) held their inaugural meeting last Friday, with local MP Nigel Mills invited along.

The group discussed the injustice of the accelerated increase of the age women now get their State Pension.

Judi Hart opened the meeting outlining that women born in the 1950s have been badly affected by the State Pension Reforms of 1995 and 2011 whereby women’s retirement age was increased from 60 to 65 in the 1995 Act and 65 to 66 in the 2011 Act.

A spokesperson for the group said: “Whilst WASPI women do not disagree with equality with men’s retirement age, their argument is based on the unfair and unjust way the transitional arrangements have been carried out and the Government’s failure to communicate the changes effectively to women so that alternative arrangements could be made.

“Personal stories of women’s individual hardship as a result of changes were shared with Mr Mills.”

Many questions were asked on clarification of the Government’s claims that women were informed in 1995 and 2011 of the changes as the women’s experience was the opposite.

The spokesperson added: “WASPI mostly find that when talking to ladies of any age, they are unclear as to when they will be able to take their State Pension, with many of the women born in the 1950’s only learning during the conversation that the State Pension Age (SPA) has risen from 60 to 65 in the 1995 Act and 65 to 66 in 2011 Act.”

The meeting concluded with Mr Mills agreeing to meet the group again and to look into specific questions raised during the evening.

There is currently a petition asking the Government to ‘Make Fair Transitional State Pension arrangements for 1950’s Women’ and the WASPI group is urging people to go online and sign at bit.ly/1WRBnjy.

The campaign is aiming to reach 200,000 signatures by its deadline on Wednesday, April 20.

For more, visit the group’s Facebook page by searching Derbyshire WASPI.