Members of Beverley and Holderness Labour Party held a street stall on Toll gavel in Beverley on 8th December 2018 to highlight the WASPI (Women Against State Pension Inequality) Campaign.
WASPI is a group that campaigns for women born in the UK in the 1950s who have been affected by changes proposed by the 1995/2011 Pensions Act. This included plans to increase women’s state pension age to 65. WASPI argues that these changes were made in an unfair manner in a faster timescale than originally proposed, not giving the women affected the time to make alternative arrangements.
The Labour Party’s 2017 General Election manifesto said that a Labour government would “end Tory unfairness” for women impacted by state pension age increases, and would compensate those worst affected.
However, in February 2018 May’s despicable Tory government rejected calls to compensate women born in the 1950s. Pensions minister Guy Opperman said the proposals to hike these pensions were “unaffordable” when he responded to an opposition debate on the issue in parliament. This is yet another austerity lie, and pushes millions of women into hardship and uncertainty. You can find out more about the WASPI campaign via their Facebook Page, or by following them on Twitter. If you’re affected, or want to get more involved in the campaign, you can find out more here.
Here are some photos from the day: