MP staging event for campaign

Wansbeck MP Ian Lavery will host an event next week to support and raise awareness of the Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) campaign.

Friday, 29th July 2016, 7:30 am
Ian Lavery MP. Picture by Jane Coltman

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.

Transitional arrangements are being sought for those women affected, many of whom claim they were not notified about the changes and took early retirement, leaving them without any income.

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

The coffee morning event will take place at Ashington Football Club on Friday, August 5, between 10am and 11.30am.

Mr Lavery is a member of the All Party Parliamentary Group on WASPI and attended the campaign’s demonstration in London last month.

He said: “Our community knows I’m here to represent them and carry their concerns to Westminster.

“The WASPI campaign has been one of the most vocal and effective campaigns in recent history and I’m delighted to be able to support the campaign in Wansbeck by hosting this event,

“I’d like to invite everyone in my constituency to the coffee morning – whether they are a seasoned campaigner or are interested in learning more about the WASPI campaign.

“It will be a great opportunity to socialise and connect with other people in our community.”