MP stages event for campaign

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There was a good attendance for an event in Ashington to support and raise awareness of the Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) campaign.

It was founded to protest against the ‘unfair’ way the equalisation of the State Pension Age was implemented through the Pensions Act 1995 and Pensions Act 2011.

The coffee morning was hosted by Wansbeck MP Ian Lavery.

In his constituency, according to the independent House of Commons Library, around 3,930 women are directly affected by the 2011 Pensions Act alone.

Mr Lavery said: “Bringing campaigners together from all corners of the constituency and beyond was absolutely fantastic to see.

“Ultimately, WASPI’s success is down to the people who are getting the word out and campaigning in local communities, raising awareness and keeping that flame alive.

“This is not an issue that can be swept under the rug. Many women have lost out on thousands of pounds. They have lost out on financial security in their retirement.

“It is a damning indictment of the Government that there has yet to be a fair settlement reached.

“The fantastic news that Wansbeck constituents have set up a campaign group and will be promoting the issue locally shows that this issue isn’t going away.”