Merseyside women affected by proposed changes to the state pension should be given a fair transitional arrangement from the Government, Steve Rotheram MP has said.
Labour’s candidate for Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region spoke during a House of Commons debate today (Wednesday 30th November) and called on the Work and Pensions Secretary, Damian Green MP, to announce concessions to support the 63,000 WASPI (Women Against State Pension Inequality) women in Merseyside who will be penalised by the changes.
During the debate, Steve Rotheram MP said:
“I’d like to thank the honourable gentleman for giving way. Would he accept then that the fundamental issue here is not equalisation, because that’s been agreed, it’s about fairness. He can give comfort to the 63,000 WASPI women in Merseyside who through a quirk of their birth date are going to be hit hard and penalised. He can today announce transitional arrangements which would give them some comfort that that is not going to happen.”
Labour has this week outlined plans to help end the plight of the tens of thousands of women abandoned to live in poverty by the Tory Government’s changes to their state pension age.
Under the plan, Pension Credit will be extended to those who were due to retire before the chaotic pension age increase of the Conservative-led Coalition Government.
Speaking about the demands, Mr Rotheram added:
“Since the announcement of pension age equalisation I have been working with WASPI women and Merseyside Labour MPs and activists to represent their views. I have today called on the Secretary of State to give some comfort to the thousands of women on Merseyside affected by unfair changes to the state pension. We all accept the need to equalise the state pension age but the way the Government is implementing this is grossly unfair. Mr Green has the opportunity to put an end to this injustice and restore some of the dignity many of the women feel they have stolen from them.”