Pension petition taken to Parliament Print
Saturday, 24 September 2016 13:01

Wrexham MP Ian Lucas will be taking a campaign for pension equality for women to Parliament next month.

He met with women from Wrexham this morning who are part of the WASPI campaign – Women Against State Pension Inequality – to discuss the presentation of a petition to Parliament. He also heard back from them about a demonstration in Liverpool which they attended last week – Mr Lucas and Clwyd South MP Susan Elan Jones met them at Wrexham station to wish them well beforehand.

The aim of the WASPI campaign is to secure a change to proposals to alter the state pension.  The changes mean women and men will have their retirement age equalised by 2020.

Campaigners are concerned the current proposals will lead to women missing out – and that little has been done by the Government to let those affected know about how the changes will affect them.

At today’s meeting, Mr Lucas agreed to work with campaigners to present a petition to Parliament on October 11. A series of MPs will be presenting WASPI petitions on the day, and Mr Lucas and the Wrexham campaigners discussed how best to build the campaign in Wrexham.

He said: “The way this issue has been handled has not been fair. Many of these women feel it is wrong that, having planned for many years for their retirement, the rules were changed with such little notice.

“There are women like those who I met today in constituencies up and down the country who are affected – people from all over North Wales and North West England were at the Liverpool demonstration, which was itself one of many right across the country. I have assured campaigners of my continued support and will be working with them to keep putting their case in Parliament.”

Source: Office of Ian Lucas, MP for Wrexham