Theresa May’s comment on pension entitlement is inaccurate by four and a half YEARS

Theresa May in Parliament – and don’t you wish she wasn’t? [Image: YouTube].

All of us – especially women affected by the change in the state pension age – should be grateful that David Hencke was on the ball during Prime Minister’s Questions last Wednesday (February 7). I was (and am) still suffering from a cold and was no use to anybody.

He spotted the following falsehood, uttered by PM Theresa May.

I would strongly advise the 6,000+ women aged over 50 who live in Hexham, Northumberland, to consider Mr Hencke’s advice about Guy Opperman.

There was an extraordinary error by the Prime Minister, Theresa May, when she was challenged by Ian Blackford, the Scottish Nationalist leader, at Prime Minister’s Questions in Parliament.

Mr Blackford used one of his two questions to raise the plight of the 3.8 million WASPI women who have been hit by the government’s decision to raise the pension age from 60 to 65, then 66 and 67.

Mr Blackford asked: “A motion in this House last November, which received unanimous cross-party support—the vote was 288 to zero—called on the Government in London to do the right thing. Will the Prime Minister do her bit for gender equality and end the injustice faced by 1950s women.”

The Prime minister replied: “As people are living longer, it is important that we equalise the pension age of men and women. We are doing that, and we are doing it faster. We have already acted to give more protection to the women involved. An extra £1 billion has been put in to ensure that nobody will see their pension entitlement changed by more than 18 months. That was a real response to the issue that was being addressed.

3.8 million women waiting up to SIX years for their delayed pension have yet to get the message across. Theresa May just thinks you have a little wait of 18 months. And this £1.1 billion concession is just a future cost to the government over the next two years, no money has been paid out yet.

Source: 50’s Women:”Nobody will see their pension entitlement changed by more than 18 months” – Theresa May’s crass error | David Hencke

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5 thoughts on “Theresa May’s comment on pension entitlement is inaccurate by four and a half YEARS

  1. thelovelywibblywobblyoldlady

    That bl**dy woman honestly. I was within spitting distance of my pension and now have to wait 6 years and 6 months. (8 years and 6 months in total) I am sooo angry. Even Dick Turpin had the decency to wear a mask when he was robbing you!

  2. jbw31

    I thought I would be receiving my pension over twelve months ago & now have another 5 years to go. If it wasn’t for my partner I would be living on the street.

  3. Kate George

    The government keep banging on about this extra cash, well I have to wait now until I’m 65 and 8 months which is 5 years 8 months, up from 64 and one month (which I calculate as an extra 19 months, so much for their “no more than 18 months”). and then when I do get my state pension they are stealing 25% from the amount as apparently I was “contracted out”. And yet, because women are still lower paid than men, my company pensions aren’t worth much. I’ve worked for over 40 years, never even had time off to have kids, and apparently I’m one of these “baby boomers” who will be oh so rich and a drain on the economy in old age. What a load of crap, the sooner this lot are kicked out the better.

  4. groovmistress

    If only it were an error. She knows exactly what she’s saying. She, like every other Tory politician, is only commenting on the increases made in the 2011 Pensions Act. Which raised the age from 65 to 66. They behave as if the original 1995 Act is all long done and dusted, even though it didn’t come into effect until 2010, and refuse to even acknowledge the widespread discontent with that initial legislation. As for the “no longer than 18 months”, that’s a reference to the slight tinkering to the timetable, so that indeed, some 1953 born women could still retire before 66 and not have to wait an extra 2 years (as they were to have done when the extra year and speeded up implementation was first mooted). So it’s only a few women who “benefited” from this act of generosity anyway!

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