Womens' pension campaign update - congratulations on court ruling!
I know that the Government’s rapid changes to women’s pension age have affected many of you, especially as over 500 attended the awareness meeting we held in Stroud’s St Laurence Church in the spring.
So, I was delighted that a High Court judge has granted a review into how the Government handled the raising of women’s pension age from 60.
Campaign group, BackTo60, has won the right to a judicial review into the way changes were made to the state pension age for women born in the 1950s.
For more than 60 years - up until 2010 - women received their state pensions at the age of 60, but that age has been rising ever since.
Many women born in the 1950s, who had been expecting to get a state pension at the age of 60, have not received adequate information about the change to their pension age, and have been left struggling to fill the gap.
The current state pension age is 65 for men and women which will now rise steadily to 67 by 2028.
On Friday 30 November, Backto60 was granted permission for a Judicial Review to go ahead in the Royal Courts of Justice.
This is a step forward in the battle to hold the government to account and return the pension entitlements that women paid for through their contributions to the National Insurance Fund for up to 50 years for some women.
Stroud campaigners are continuing to keep the issue of pension injustice in the public eye, with Stroud District Waspi travelling to London a national demonstration in October.