Lack of proper information should mean that women’s pension changes are re-examined – Carmichael

Northern Isles MP, Alistair Carmichael, has called on the Government to look again at the changes to women’s State Pension Age because of its failure to tell women who would be affected what to expect.  

Despite several debates in Parliament and a petition signed by nearly 170,000 people, the Government has refused to countenance fair transitional arrangements to the affected women.

Mr Carmichael questioned the Work and Pensions Minister in the House of Commons yesterday on his discussions with the campaign run by WASPI – Women Against State Pension Inequality.

11. Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland) (LD): Whether he has had discussions with the Women Against State Pension Inequality campaign; and if he will make a statement. [904060]


The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (Mr Shailesh Vara): It is fair to say that many in the House have had discussions or correspondence with members of the WASPI campaign. The right hon. Gentleman will be aware that, in recent weeks, we have had a number of debates in which Members of Parliament on both sides of the House have expressed the views of their constituents.


Mr Carmichael: I am grateful to the Minister for that answer and encourage him to continue the engagement with the WASPI campaign. One of its achievements has been to bring forward an army of women who say that they were not given proper and effective notice of what was coming towards them in terms of their retirement age. Whether that was the right thing or the wrong thing to do is no longer the issue. The fact is that it was done badly, and that now needs proper attention.


Commenting, Mr Carmichael said:

“The communication of the changes have been poor. Many women who have worked their entire lives and were looking forward to retirement were not told clearly that the increase to the State Pension Age would affect them so drastically. Had they been told they could have planned accordingly.

“We cannot turn back the clock for these women and it is right that the government should find money to pay for government shortcomings. This is a simple question of fairness.”


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