Petition - Implementation of the 1995 and 2011 Pension Acts

– in the House of Commons at 5:49 pm on 7th March 2017.

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Photo of Chi Onwurah Chi Onwurah Shadow Minister (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Industrial Strategy) 5:49 pm, 7th March 2017

It is particularly appropriate that, on the eve of International Women’s Day, I present this petition from the Women Against State Pension Inequality Campaign in Newcastle upon Tyne Central, and many men, calling for fair transitional arrangements for 1950s-born women affected by changes to the state pension age.

In my recent Westminster Hall debate, I highlighted how these changes disproportionately affect working-class women of that generation, who are more likely to have started work at 15, more likely to be in manual trades, which take a greater toll on the body as it ages, more likely to die younger and less likely to have private pensions. There are many such women in Newcastle and across the country who wish to highlight the hardship, stress and worry they face as a consequence.

The petition states:

The petition of residents of Newcastle Upon Tyne Central,

Declares that as a result of the way in which the 1995 Pension Act and the 2011 Pension Act were implemented, women born in the 1950s (on or after 6 April 1951) have unfairly borne the burden of the increase to the State Pension Age;
further that hundreds of thousands of women have had significant changes imposed on them with little or no personal notice;
further that implementation took place faster than promised;
further that this gave no time to make alternative pension plans;
and further that retirement plans have been shattered with devastating consequences.

The petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Government to make fair transitional arrangements for all women born in the 1950s (on or after 6 April 1951) who have unfairly borne the burden of the increase to the State Pension Age.

And the petitioners remain, etc.



I would like to remind the lady that these ladies could also be affected by the discriminative Frozen pension policy which will deny them any pension increases in retirement should they decide for whatever reason to retire to a country not approved by the Government.
These countries are mainly those in the Commonwealth where the majority of emigrants choose to live to join family already there or for heath reasons.
Whatever the reason, it is blatant discrimination as the indexed pension is payable worldwide and no Government should deny them as they have all contributed to the National Insurance Fund under the same terms and conditions as those that retire elsewhere
The freezing is imposed by section 20 of the Pensions Act 2014 which is a despicable fraudulent policy unworthy of any democratic government.

Submitted by George Morley