I am pleased to hear Wrexham Council has passed a motion supporting WASPI campaigners.
The motion, put forward by the Labour Group on Wrexham Council, was supported by Wrexham Councillors after an attempt to amend it was withdrawn. It calls on the UK Government to make fair transitional arrangements for all women, born after April 6 1951, who were affected by the changes to state pension age.
WASPI – 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 changes 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 Clwyd South's Susan Elan Jones – and we both handed in petitions to the Government collected by the local campaigners.
It is good news that this motion was – eventually – passed and I know that local campaigners will be pleased to get the backing of Wrexham Council.
This good news came just a day after the Department for Work and Pensions responded to the petitions handed in by dozens of politicians from across Britain. That reply was not such good news – the Government are still refusing to provide further transitional arrangements to help the thousands of women affected by pensions inequality.
However, if there is one thing I have learnt from working with WASPI campaigners, it is that they do not give up. They can be assured of my support as we continue to fight to change the Government’s mind.
If you are interested in finding out more about the work I’m doing on WASPI, you can sign up to hear more on the WASPI campaign page on this site.