Louise has vowed to step up the fight for fairness for women affected by the state pension equalisation, as figures revealed as many as 3,000 women in her constituency are affected.
Heeley MP, Louise Haigh has joined MPs from across the House of Commons to form a new Parliamentary group on the State Pension Age. The new group will support those women unfairly hit by the acceleration of the equalisation of the State Pension Age, first in 1995 and then in 2011. This change gave women little time to plan for their retirement and meant many were plunged into financial insecurity with little notice.
In Louise’s constituency, Sheffield Heeley 3,650 women are directly affected by the 2011 Pensions Act alone. Almost 300 local residents signed the e-petition calling for transitional arrangements, which received almost 200,000 signatures nationwide. Louise has been delighted by the response of women in their 50s in her constituency who have contacted her en masse to fight & campaign for transitional arrangements.
Across the Sheffield constituencies that figure is a staggering 17,000 women affected.
Louise has therefore vowed to begin a constituency-wide petition involving women affected and others to raise awareness on the doorstep and demonstrate the scale of support for women unfairly hit.
The Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) campaign will fight hard on behalf of those constituents and to lobby the Government to introduce transitional arrangements for those women affected, many of whom were not notified about the changes, and took early retirement, leaving them without any income.
The Parliamentary Group, which was launched at the Palace of Westminster on Wednesday 11th May at a standing room only meeting, will be co-chaired by MPs from each of the parties, and will work closely with the WASPI campaign.
The All-Party Group will seek to work with the new Work and Pensions Secretary, Stephen Crabb, to introduce transitional arrangements.
Speaking at the launch of the new campaign group, Louise Haigh said:
“It’s time these women had justice. Many of them have worked hard for decades without taking a penny out of the system only to find their pension changed at the last minute leaving them no time to change plans for their future retirement – which for many will have been years in the making.”
“I hope that the new Work and Pensions Secretary will listen to our concerns because the message to every women in my constituency affected by these changes is – we will not back down and we will fight to have the equitable outcome that the WASPI women deserve.”