Published: 05/10/2017 15:09 - Updated: 05/10/2017 15:11

Highland women's fight continues for fair pension deal

Written byEmma Crichton

 

WASPI say many affected woman in the region may be unaware of the changes
WASPI say many affected woman in the region may be unaware of the changes
 

 

Women campaigning for a fair retirement age will be continuing their fight this weekend and hope to raise awareness for other people who have been affected by changes.

Thousands of women in the north, born in the 1950s, have been affected by the increase in the state pension age from 60 to 65 and they say they were not aware of the change, made in 1995, as they were never informed.

Combined with new changes which will see the eligible age rise to 66 by 2018 and 67 by 2026, many women born after April 1951 are now waiting six years longer than expected for their pensions.

The affected women say they are not against the age increase, but the speed they have been implemented and the lack of warning they were given.

The Highland members of the Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) campaign group – which covers Badenoch and Strathspey – have been fighting for access to their pension and a slower transition period to the increased age and travelled to London to take part in a national protest outside Westminster.

Despite the long running campaign members of Highland WASPI say there are still hundreds of women across the strath, Inverness and Ross-shire who do not know about the increase.

This Saturday they will be holding an information day at Tesco Inshes, Inverness, to raise awareness and offer advice, from 10am until 2pm.

One of the Highland WASPI founding members, Liz Millar, said: "We plan to offer advice and guidance to people who are still not aware of the changes in the state pension age and believe me there are plenty who don’t know.

"The government continue to ignore us but we are equally determined to keep up the pressure.

"We will be highlighting the WASPI campaign and informing people what they can do to get involved in the campaign.

"We will also be offering advice to women with regard to making a case of maladministration to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) for not informing them of the increase."

Highland WASPI women will also be holding weekly sessions at Inverness Library to help anyone affected write letters of complaint to the DWP.

Anyone who would like to attend the sessions of attend Highland WASPI meetings, held on last Tuesday of each month, can get in touch via highlandwaspiinverness@gmail.com or the Highland WASPI Inverness Face book page.

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