Deidre Brock MP

Member of Parliament for Edinburgh North and Leith

BROCK CALLS FOR FAIRNESS FOR WOMEN IN PENSION REFORMS

Deidre Brock MP (Edinburgh North and Leith) has called for a fairer deal for women born in the 1950s who have been disproportionately affected by state pension reforms.

Ms Brock was speaking in support of the WASPI campaign (women against state pension inequality) during a backbench parliamentary debate on the effect of the equalisation of state pension age on women.

Ms Brock said:-

"We can all agree on the fairness of equalising the pension ages of men and women, but there is a fairness argument to be made about the way in which it should be done.

"I have had a succession of constituents contacting me about this – women who appreciate that action needs to be taken but who are exasperated by the shifting of the goalposts without due notice. These are women who faced low pay and inequality throughout their working lives and simply want a bit of fairness on retirement.

"Providing these women with as much certainty as can be mustered and making sure that they will not lose out financially has to be the watchword from Government over these changes.

"A gentle transition would make sure that we don't drive more women into poverty."

ENDS

• The backbench debate "Effect of the equalisation of the state pension age on women" was called by SNP MP Mhairi Black.

• More information from WASPI (Women Against State Pension Inequality) campaign: https://www.facebook.com/WASPI-Women-Against-State-Pension-Inequality-Campaign-877054125688402/

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Wednesday, 12 December 2018

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