Today, I will submit petitions collected in Delyn which call on the Government to implement transitionary arrangements for those being hit by the increase in the State Pension Age.
I have long campaigned alongside WASPI – Women Against State Pension Inequality. This grassroots campaign has members up and down the country who are going to be unfairly hit by the changes in the state pension age.
In the mid-1990s the then Conservative Government introduced legislation to make bring the State Pension Age of women come into line with men. However, many women were not notified of the increase in their state pension age until very recently, leaving them with very little time to prepare for the change in the law. This has caused much stress and anxiety for people in planning their retirement.
I have worked with WASPI campaigners to collect signatures from Delyn residents. These signatures will be submitted at the end of parliamentary business on October 11th along with all other MPs who have collected signatures. It is expected that many MPs will be submitting this petition to parliament demonstrating once again that the country does not believe that the changes being implemented by the Government should be.
Today, I will submit the petition, which contains 485 signatures, to Parliament.
The Government has been refusing to do the right thing for too long. The WASPI women have been working tirelessly to make the Government do the right thing, and MPs from all sides of the House have joined in their campaign.
This is just another example of how Parliament has been pushing for transitionary measures to be implemented for those effected. We have already held a Backbench Business Debate – where the Government was defeated on its motion, established an All Party Parliamentary Group – of which I was a founding member, and now submitting a petition.
My thanks goes out once again to all those that collected signatures for this petition. I very much hope that the Government will finally do the right thing. It has taken too long thus far.