A group of women affected by the pension age increase has launched a crowdfund to appeal the High Court’s rejection of their case earlier this month.
The Backto60 group last week launched a campaign to raise £72,000 to be able to put its case to the court for an appeal.
The court ruled on October 3 that the increase in the state pension age affecting women born in the 1950s was not discriminatory, as the women claimed.
In particular, Lord Justice Irwin and Justice Whipple dismissed claims of age discrimination, sex discrimination and lack of notice with regards to changes in the state pension age.
The appeal will only go ahead if granted and at least £72,000 is raised by 11am on November 29.
By today it had raised £44,882 from 2,915 supporters, representing 62 per cent of its target.
Plans to increase the state pension age were first announced in the Pension Act 1995, but these changes were accelerated as part of the Pension Act 2011.
The Backto60 group, along with The Women Against State Pension Inequality, have claimed the changes were implemented unfairly and are campaigning to have compensation paid to 3.8m women born in the 1950s.
They argue that the changes were made so quickly that these women were left with no time to make alternative plans.
Meanwhile, Thérèse Coffey, secretary of state for Work and Pensions, has agreed to meet MPs from the All-Party Parliamentary Group on State Pension Inequality for Women, which has proposed solutions for the women.
The first is making a non-means-tested pension credit available to all women aged 63 and over from the day it is approved until they reach state pension age, which won’t be backdated.
The second is to equalise women’s pensions, so that everyone receives a full state pension (£159 per week) regardless of the number of years of National Insurance contributions accrued.
Finally, the MPs want to extend pension credit for those worst affected who have no other income or private pension available to them and are suffering financial hardship.