A group of Wrexham women campaigning for pensions equality have come to Westminster to lobby the Government.
The WASPI campaigners -Women Against State Pension Inequality – are campaigning for the Government to take action to help the thousands of women affected by changes to the state pension. The Wrexham campaigners were joined by other groups from across the country and took part in a Budget day demonstration in London calling for action from Government.
The current changes to the state pension mean that a group of women are set to lose out when women and men have their retirement age equalised by 2020. Campaigners want the Government to consider transitional arrangements to help those women who will miss out because of the changes.
Women affected by the changes in the area have set up a local campaigning group and have met with me and the MP for Clwyd South, Susan Elan Jones – we both spoke with campaigners in Parliament yesterday.
WASPI campaigners from Wrexham are part of a much wider group of women calling on the Government to act.
The Budget day demonstration brought campaigners to London to make their case to Government. I have been working alongside our Wrexham women and they have had some notable successes – working with Wrexham’s Labour group, they persuaded Wrexham Council to pass a motion backing the campaign.
What was striking from yesterday is the sheer number of women who had come from all parts of the country to Westminster. The Government may not have wanted to talk about them in yesterday’s Budget – but WASPI women are not going away.