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Photo of Ian Blackford Ian Blackford Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Pensions) 11:11 am, 26th January 2017

Next Monday, we will be discussing the Pension Schemes Bill—a missed opportunity for this Government to deal with the issue raised by Women Against State Pension Inequality. In the light of the 245 MPs who have lodged petitions on behalf of their constituents and in the light of the vote that took place in this Chamber on 1 December, when this House agreed that we had not discussed the WASPI issue, will this Government bring forward a debate and ensure that they introduce proposals that deal with the women who are suffering?

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George Morley
Posted on 27 Jan 2017 4:36 pm (Report this annotation)

In addition, I would hope that the real hardship that should be discussed is the one faced by those affected by Section 20 of the Pensions Act which denies a minority any pension increases ever because of where they live with the countries given preference decided by the Government creating a 'them' and 'us' situation that deprives just a 25th of all pensioners any uprating when all are of the same standing with respect to their entitlement.

Anne Puckridge
Posted on 27 Jan 2017 7:56 pm (Report this annotation)

Mr. Blackford, when the Pensions Scheme Bill is discussed on Monday, although the emphasis at the moment is on the WASPI issue, will you - please - consider also including (introducing, if necessary?) the injustice of the discriminatory freezing of UK State pensions? We frozen pensioners very much appreciate your support whenever the opportunity has arisen and we hope the discussion on this Bill will provide another such opportunity. Thank you, as always!!

Nine Penneth
Posted on 27 Jan 2017 8:26 pm (Report this annotation)

Mr Blackford. It's good news that a debate is forthcoming on the issue of women's state pension age. I hope something can be done for those ladies who do not deserve to be punished in such a manner for something not of their making.
In a similar vein, Britain's frozen pensioners are also being punished by a cruel law, one that singles people out by their address alone, and persecutes them accordingly.
Can you imagine a private company, or even another civilised country doing that??
With that in mind I would sincerely hope that you could mention our undeserved plight of impoverishment in a debate on a similar subject matter.
Some WASPI ladies are frozen pensioners too, and don't deserve double trouble!

George Morley
Posted on 27 Jan 2017 11:24 pm (Report this annotation)

The last point that Nine Penneth made is not fully appreciated by the majority of the WASPI ladies I suspect but having lost my wife 10 yrs before my retirement I was ignorant of this penalty for daring to move to Canada when I married my current wife in Canada, as she had been there since 1957, so it came as a shock to her as well as she qualifies for a small state pension also - now both frozen.