Mid Scotland and Fife MSP Alex Rowley joined with WASPI (Women Against State Pension Inequality) protesters as they held a rally outside Parliament this week. The WASPI campaign was set up to protest against the social injustice of the change in pension age for women born in the 1950’s.
The protest aims to bring to the attention of the wider public the hardship and unfairness suffered by women born on or after 6th April 1951 as a result of the Government’s alterations to the State Pension Age and, in particular, highlight the lack of notice given to the changes by the Department for Work and Pensions.
Speaking to women in attendance at the rally from across Mid Scotland and Fife, Mr Rowley said: “It is an injustice that so many women from across the region, and millions more across the whole of the UK, have had to face this inequality.
“I have heard from women who were never told of the changes to State Pension Age, and this has left many not getting their pension until later than expected.
“We are seeing rising levels of pensioner poverty, and it is simply not acceptable, and resolving the inequalities faced by these groups of women will go some way to addressing that.”
For further information on the WASPI campaign see: http://www.waspi.co.uk