Jardine calls for WASPI stories

Edinburgh West MP Christine Jardine has called for women born in the 1950s and affected by state pension inequalities to bring her their stories to help the fight for a better deal.

The Lib Dem MP wants to build a dossier of evidence to present to the UK Government showing the hardship caused by the way the changes to pensionable women were implemented.

Many women who expected to retire at 60 discovered the changes to pensionable age too late to make changes to their retirement plans to take into account the extra years they would have to wait.

Ms Jardine, who is one of the sponsors of a bill presented to Parliament by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Pension Inequality suffered by women born in the 1950s, said:

“I want to make sure that we have as much evidence as possible of just how much hardship has been caused by the way these changes were made.

“It’s heartbreaking to hear what women who have worked all their lives and planned for their retirement have been put through simply because they weren’t warned about what was about to happen.

“Some, who had expected to have retired and getting their state pension by now, had to take on extra part time jobs just to get by or to stop eating into their savings.

“It’s simply unfair, and it’s up to the rest of us to make sure these women get the justice they deserve.

“The women who come to me say they accept we have to make changes to retirement ages but it’s the way that it was done that they object to.”

Ms Jardine can be contacted either at her new office at 125a St John’s Road, or by email at [email protected]

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