The Tory government will come under renewed pressure today to “end the injustice” for women facing pensions inequality – as Ministers are grilled in a House of Commons debate.
Leading a three hour debate on the rise in the state pension age for women born in the 1950s, SNP MP Patricia Gibson will say the UK government has “utterly failed” the WASPI women – and must undo the damage it has caused by giving them the pension they rightfully deserve.
The MP for North Ayrshire and Arran will say the Tories’ failure to address the injustice of the acceleration of the increase to the state pension age was a political choice that has left 3.8million women worse off – at a time when pensioner poverty has risen and household incomes have fallen.
Commenting, Patricia Gibson MP said: “The UK government cannot continue to ignore the mounting pressure to end the injustice for the 3.8million women facing pensions inequality.
“The Tories have utterly failed the WASPI women, and must now undo the damage they have caused by giving them the pensions they rightfully deserve.
“At a time when pensioner poverty has risen, and household incomes have fallen, the Tories’ failure to address this issue is unthinkable and unsustainable.
“Women born in the 1950s justifiably expected to benefit from their state pension when they reached 60. Many have been unable to continue working due to ill health, caring responsibilities or unemployment.
“These women are simply asking the UK government to pay out what they have paid in and have every right to receive.
“This generation faced a double whammy – many women faced pay discrimination in the workplace and are now being denied their state pension for years.
“The UK government’s failure to address the injustice is a political choice that has left millions of women poorer and worse off.
“They must now listen to the SNP and campaigners, do the right thing and bring forward a fair deal to right this wrong.”
Patricia Gibson’s Westminster Hall debate on State pension equalisation for women born in the 1950s will take place from 1.30pm Thursday 22 November.