Jardine throws weight behind Women's pensions campaign

Edinburgh West MP Christine Jardine has thrown her weight behind the campaign to overcome the pension inequality faced by women born in the 1950s.

The Scottish Liberal Democrat has co-signed a bill to be tabled by an All Party Group at Westminster calling for a review of the pension arrangements for women affected by changes to state pensionable ages.

The proposed bill - which is also signed by a number of other MPs - would see a fundamental review of the changes made by the Pensions Act 1995 and the Pensions Act 2011.

Ms Jardine said: 

“Everyone should be able to plan for their retirement, regardless of gender, without worrying that it will all be changed without warning.

"How the Conservative government is treating older people, and those planning for their retirement is not acceptable.

“When the Tories changed the state pension age it is scandalous that it didn’t write to those affected. Fourteen years and another pensions act passed before women affected by the rise were directly notified.

“It was only with Liberal Democrats in government, ensuring people were aware of further changes to the retirement age, that many discovered that their state pension age had changed while John Major was still in Number 10. This was the failure of a succession of Conservative and Labour ministers.

“In this Parliament we can make a difference and undo the damage that has been done. This can only be done through cross part support so I urge members from across the political spectrum to support this campaign.”

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