Women join protest over pension age

The Suffolk branch of Women Against State Pension Inequality took part in a march in London
The Suffolk branch of Women Against State Pension Inequality took part in a march in London

Comedian Peter Serafinowicz attended a protest march in London on Wednesday for Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI).

Set up in Sudbury, the West Suffolk branch of the protest group was also in attendance, as women who lost out to changes in the state pension age made their case for compensation.

The Suffolk branch of Women Against State Pension Inequality boarding the train to London

The Suffolk branch of Women Against State Pension Inequality boarding the train to London

The group – comprised of local women from Sudbury, Bury St Edmunds and Ipswich – went to Westminster on International Women’s Day, which also coincided with Budget Day, to join the demonstration held opposite the Houses of Parliament.

With thousands of other women, they went to protest about the way the equalisation of the State Pension Age has been introduced.

Women born in the 1950s have had their state pension age changed from 60 to 65 or 66.

Campaigners feel a lack of communication by the Department for Work and Pensions meant that women were given little time to adjust to the change, finding themselves without a state pension and with little opportunity for employment.

Karen Sheldon, a co-ordinator of the West Suffolk WASPI group, said: “Of course, we support bringing about equality in pensions between men and women, but many women weren’t informed of this change.

“We are still meeting women all over Suffolk who genuinely believe they will get their pension at 60.

“The lack of notice has caused huge problems, not just for these women but their families by not allowing women time to plan for their later retirement and pushing many into financial hardship.”