Labour promises help for 1950s women over pension changes

In Industry Insights by woateam

The Labour Party will consult on measures to support women affected by an increase in the state pension age, according to shadow pensions minister Jack Dromey.

Mr Dromey said the party would analyse what support measures can be put in place once in government “to help ensure that all these women have security and dignity in older age”.

“A grotesque injustice cannot be allowed to stand,” he noted.

Mr Dromey was reacting to the decision by the High Court to reject claims that increasing the state pension age for women born in the 1950s discriminated against them on the grounds of age and sex, and that the government had failed to appropriately notify those affected.

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.

Campaign groups Women Against State Pension Inequality and Backto60 have claimed these changes were implemented unfairly, with little or no personal notice.

The groups, which are calling for compensation for those affected, have also claimed that changes were implemented faster than promised with the 2011 Pension Act and left women with no time to make alternative plans.

FTAdviser reported yesterday that a group of MPs – the All-Party Parliamentary Group on State Pension Inequality for Women – said they would continue to use all means available, including private members’ bills, “to seek justice for all the women affected”.