Women take to the streets of King’s Lynn in protest over ‘unfair’ pension age changes

Members of the group Pension Action In Norfolk in King's Lynn High Street. Picture: Stuart Anderson

Members of the group Pension Action In Norfolk in King's Lynn High Street. Picture: Stuart Anderson - Credit: Archant

Women wearing sashes and bearing placards demonstrated against changes to the pension age which will leave thousands out of pocket.

West Norfolk Conservative candidate Sir Henry Bellingham signs the Waspi pledge with members of the

West Norfolk Conservative candidate Sir Henry Bellingham signs the Waspi pledge with members of the group Pension Action In Norfolk in King's Lynn High Street. Picture: Stuart Anderson - Credit: Archant

Members of the group Pension Action In Norfolk (Pain) took their fight to King's Lynn High Street today (Saturday, May 27) to raise awareness of the government's move to raise the pension age for women from 60 to 66, so it is on a par with pension age for men.

Trisha Gess, a member of Pain, which is part of the Women Against State Pension Inequality (Waspi) movement, said: 'We agree that the pension age should be equalised with men at 66, but we want fairer transitional arrangements.

'The majority of women were not given enough notice, so we haven't been given time to save and prepare for those extra years.

'I will have worked and paid into the system for 51 years.


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'When we started we weren't allowed to pay into a private pension scheme until after five years had gone by, but men were allowed to from day one.'

Ms Gess said all candidates for the North West Norfolk parliamentary seat had signed a Waspi pledge backing a review of the changes.

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Sir Henry Bellingham, Conservative candidate for the seat, was among them.

Sir Henry, who was out campaigning in the High Street, said: 'They are being told they will have to wait another period of time. This particular group have been particularly badly treated.

'There must be some way of mitigating the unfairness.'

Background to the issue - statement from the Pain group

The 1995 Conservative government's Pension Act included plans to increase women's SPA (State Pension Age) to 65, the same as men's.

Waspi agrees with equalisation, but does not agree with the unfair way the changes were implemented – with little or no personal notice (1995/2011 Pension Acts), faster than promised (2011 Pension Act), and no time to make alternative plans.

Retirement plans have been shattered with devastating consequences.​ We started the campaign with just five ordinary women who in 2015 got together and decided to fight this injustice.

Meeting planned

The Pain group is planning to meet at the Farmers Arms Inn in South Wootton on July 6 at 6.30pm, all are welcome to attend and find out more about the campaign.

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