A MOTION calling on the Government to make fair transitional arrangements for women affected by the increase in the state pension age has been approved by Warrington Borough Council.
The motion, put by Cllr Amanda King and seconded by Cllr Jean Flaherty, claimed some 3.8 million women had significant pension changes imposed on them by the Pensions Acts of 1995 and 2011.
Many had only two years notice that they would have to wait an extra six years for their state pension – some had no notification at all.
As a result, many women born in the 1950s were living in hardship.
The motion stated: “It is not the pension age itself that is in dispute – it is widely accepted that women and men should retire at the same time. The issue is that the rise in the women’s state pension age has been too rapid and has happened without sufficient notice being given to the women affected, leaving them with no time to make alternative arrangements.”
Cllr King (pictured) said: “I rise to propose this motion because we need to stand up for our mothers, sisters and aunties. People who have worked all their lives, only to be told with very short notice that they would have to wait six more years before receiving their state pension. A cruel and punishing decision made by a government who put no provision in place to help with the transition.
“Here in Warrington, we have heard from so many of these women, who are living hand to mouth, facing ageism as they try to find secure work, taking out new loans that drive them deeper into debt, and unable to make ends meet.
“Yet again, women are being disenfranchised. When the pension age for men rose, transition programs were put in place. It is time that women were treated equally.
“The way in which the rise in state pension age has been implemented has left 1950s born women with huge financial challenges. Quite simply, they deserve fair transitional state pension arrangements.”
Cllr King women felt they had been targeted unfairly simply because they were born in the 1950s
“Imagine working all your life, believing you would retire at 60, paying National Insurance, and a few short years – or even months – before your 60th birthday, you are told that your pension will be moved back six years.”
The motion passed by the council, calls on the government to provide a “bridging” pension to provide an income from age 60 to state pension age – an income not means-tested and includes recompense for losses already incurred.