BackTo60 campaigners have lost a significant battle against the government’s handling of the rise in women’s state pension age.
Women born in the 50’s claim the rise is unfair because they were not given enough time to make adjustments to cope with years without a state pension. They argued the changes were discrimination but judges in the High Court disagreed.
BackTo60 campaign director, Joanne Welch, said outside the court: “Where do we go from here? Well, where will the government go from here is the better question ” She referred to Boris Johnson’s pledge during the Tory leadership campaign to look with “fresh vigour” at the state pension issue. “We will be holding you to that undertaking”
The DWP say they welcome the High Court’s decision, claiming “changes to pension age were entirely lawful and did not discriminate on any grounds”
The WASPI (Women Against State Pension Inequality) campaign is different to BackTo60 in that they want compensation for the “unfair” way the changes of 1995 and 2011 were implemented. It wants payment for those who have already reached state retirement age plus extra income for those still awaiting their state pension. But it is not asking for women’s retirement age to return to 60.
Dave Prentis said today “UNISON is proud to stand with the WASPI women in their fight for fairness and justice – they won’t give up and neither will we”