Crowd-funding bid to tackle government over pensions

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A group of women has launched a crowd-funding bid to pay for legal action against the government, claiming that its changes to the State Pension are unfairly prejudiced against women born in the 1950s.

The group, calling themselves Women Against State Pension Inequality, say they were not appropriately – or personally – notified when the Conservative Government of 1995 introduced plans to increase the women’s State Pension age from 60 to 65, and that they were hit again when the Coalition Government brought in a further change to the pensionable age, faster than had been initially claimed.

Because of the way the increases to the  State Pension age have been brought in, it is claimed that women born on or after April 6, 1951 face financial hardship as they have had no time to make alternative plans.

A spokeswoman stated, on the group’s website: “We are raising £6,000. This will pay for initial legal advice from our lawyers Deighton Pierce Glynn and a barrister, to help us assess what the legal options are for us and other women affected by these increases. Depending on what the outcome of that advice is, we may end up doing additional crowdfunding for the next steps in our case. However we are taking this one step at a time and this is the first step to accessing the courts.

“We believe that the Government has a duty of care to its electorate and that it is reasonable to expect to be personally notified and given sufficient notice about matters which have such far-reaching consequences to people’s lives.

“So morally we know we have a strong case, but we’re not sure whether we have a legal case. The odds are stacked against us.

“But if we do have a case, the outcome will affect hundreds of thousands of women, maybe you, a member of your family or a friend who is finding life difficult as a result of this unfairness and inequality.”

For more information or to help fund this legal bid, visit the website here.

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8 Comments

  1. annak53 June 29, 2015 at 2:44 pm - Reply

    Thanks as ever for your ongoing support Mike. There’s been a great response to this

  2. amnesiaclinic June 29, 2015 at 3:44 pm - Reply

    A very good idea. This may be the way to go for a class action against the DWP for benefit deaths??
    People sanctioned and made homeless and on food banks?
    I can see this as a very important step forward.
    Good luck to them.

  3. BevW June 29, 2015 at 7:05 pm - Reply

    Brilliant news I am one of the women affected.. so lets get sharing folks x

  4. Ian Buchan June 30, 2015 at 12:52 am - Reply

    I believe that both men and women should have the same State Pension age … that is what I believe to be EQUALITY. after all women generally live longer than men so will always get more money in total. I’m not in favour of either sex being awarded an easier or longer payment term ,it should be equal in all ways.

    • Mike Sivier June 30, 2015 at 1:06 pm - Reply

      Do you approve of the fact that the state pension age is being put back for both men and women, then?

      • Ian Buchan July 1, 2015 at 12:17 am - Reply

        Mike.It is my opinion that Retirement for all should be from age 60. With the option to accept State Pension at 60 or let it accumulate further until the age limit of 70 where upon the state pension would then have to be accepted by all. Pension contributions will have to be increased by a nominal %. The options of Retirement age may well help extra employment for the younger generation and may well generate extra income Nationally.

  5. Mr.Angry June 30, 2015 at 6:09 am - Reply

    Good luck Ladies wish you every success, shame we have to fight against everything this evil government has brought in since 2010.

    If I win the lottery you will be first on my list of donations.

  6. Andy June 30, 2015 at 6:11 pm - Reply

    I wish the campaigners all the best but am not holding my breath.
    I am involved with the campaign for pension parity for 550,000 frozen pensioners who live abroad and are retıred but contributed to the NI Scheme during their working lives on the same terms as everyone else and yet are denied the annual index linking – while 660,000 others who also retired abroad are not. This has been challenged through the UK Courts and the ECHR to the highest, Grand Chamber level; it is deemed not a legal matter and while many believe morally wrong ıt remains a domestıc UK parlıamentary ıssue. – I fear the same for this campaign…hope I am wrong on both counts!.

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