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WASPI stirs a hornets’ nest over state pension changes

Mariana Robinson, a former Oban resident and a founding member and campaigner for Women Against State Pension Inequalities, explains why she is fighting for justice

A HUGE injustice has been done to a small cohort of women in the UK born in the 1950s with late changes to their expected state pension date.

A group of five plucky, ordinary women severely affected by the changes started a campaign to fight back and asked for transitional arrangements to be put in place.

WASPI – an apt acronym for Women Against State Pension Inequality – has galvanised into action to bring to public attention the iniquitous way in which 1950s women have been betrayed by successive governments. I am one of those betrayed women.

No-one disputes that equalisation of age is necessary between men and women, but it is the acceleration and underhand way in which this has been executed, without proper transitional arrangements or notice, which is causing real hardship and inequality.

We’ve been fobbed off by our MPs with ‘we’ve had to make changes under EU law’. That is not true, as Barbara Keeley MP proved in great detail during one of four cross-party debates on this topic.

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