Campaign against pension changes

WASPI campaigners collect signatures in Sudbury against what they feel is unfair changes to the state pension. Sudbury mayor Sue Ayres (right) joins them. ANL-160510-100847001

WASPI campaigners collect signatures in Sudbury against what they feel is unfair changes to the state pension. Sudbury mayor Sue Ayres (right) joins them. ANL-160510-100847001

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The West Suffolk Group of Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) was recently out in Sudbury gathering signatures and support for a petition about women born in the 1950s who have been affected by the changes to the state pension age.

These signatures will be added to the nationwide campaign and will shortly be presented to Parliament.

WASPI campaigners collect signatures with Sudbury mayor Sue Ayres (centre) ANL-160510-100859001

WASPI campaigners collect signatures with Sudbury mayor Sue Ayres (centre) ANL-160510-100859001

Karen Sheldon, a member of the campaign group, said: “Little or no notice was given by the government to allow women to make sufficient if any alterations to their retirement plans.

“The very first information I had about this was a letter received from the DWP when I was 58 announcing that my state pension age had changed from 60 to 66 years.

“An incredible difference from expecting to get your state pension in two years but having to wait eight years. It was a loss of £40,000.”

Mrs Sheldon said the The WASPI campaign is not against the increase in the state pension age, but what it sees as the unfair way it has been dealt with.

WASPI campaigners collect signatures in Sudbury against what they feel is unfair changes to the state pension ANL-160510-100912001

WASPI campaigners collect signatures in Sudbury against what they feel is unfair changes to the state pension ANL-160510-100912001

Sudbury mayor Sue Ayers and town councillors Jack Owen and John Sayers came to listen and show their support for the cause.

Mr Owen said: “I am entirely supportive of any work undertaken to improve the inequality in pension provision for women, it is a scandal that we need to continue campaigning on this issue, the time is right with the second female Prime Minister in place to push these inequality issues into the history books.

“I fully support your groups aims and wish you every success.” For further information please email WestSuffolkwaspisupportersgroup@gmail.com