No compromise on state pension age for women

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Women whose retirement prospects have been adversely affected by rapid changes to the state pension age have been told that hopes of a compromise solution is not workable.

The new Work and Pensions Secretary Stephen Crabb MP has told MPs that allowing women early access to their state pension will not be possible. ‘I don't see there is a do-able policy solution,’ he said. ‘It is just fiscally impossible.’

Many women who born  in the 1950s have claimed they were unaware that their pension age was to be raised by up to six years.

The issue was brought to light by Women Against State Pension Inequality (Waspi) campaign and has been debated in parliament on several occasions.

Many of those affected say they have been left without enough money to live on, and too little time to make alternative arrangements, because the changes were poorly communicated by government.


Throughout the debates held in parliament potential compromises had been suggested. Some MPs had suggested that women should be allowed to claim their pensions early, but at a reduced rate so that the taxpayer would not have to pay more.

With a nod to MPs who have been supporting the Waspi campaign, Crabb added: ‘And I think it's irresponsible for anyone in this House of Commons to try to pretend, or lead these women into thinking there's an easy decision to be made.’

Waspi members say they are still hopeful that a solution can be found.

This story was written for our sister website Money Observer.

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I did get the letter on this but I thought it must be a mistake as I was just 8 years off retirement (under the EU recommendation time limit) and  because it was not backed up by the website plus there had been some well publicised mistakes.  For reference to the DWP and Baroness Altman, generally when people are living on a shoestring they are unlikely to be buying womens' magazines and newspapers that have supplements as they are not necessities so they are not a good place to get through to your target group.  

Women want equal rights so now they've got an equal retirement age - isn't that fair?

I totally agree with your comments about equal rights for Women and add this was not the issue with Womens pensions brought in line regarding retirement age and state pension.
The Dispute is about the Information not been given properly and implemented in a timely manner in order to plan retirement and avoid financial hardship.
This issue could have been avoided should austerity measures and appropriate timing in some cases not even informed and others less than 18 months before their planned retirement age of 60 years.

I have no problem twith men and women retiring after the same amount of work. This ia not a male v female issue. My problem is why do some of us get a full pension after 30 or now 35 years whne some of us have to work 50 years to get our pension but will get no more than those who work 35 years?
 If I can have a full state pension after 35 years of paying national insurance why can I not have it now when I have already paid in for 42 years? Perhaps the governmant should employ someon with a brain. Could we not just say that after 35 years of paying you can claim and stop making it a age issue.

I left a part-time job to look after my grandkids to help my daughter out,in the knowledge that after a couple of year's I would receive my pension at 60.I was informed when Labour was in that it would be 62,I accepted that,and then found out I would have to wait until March in 2020 when I'am 3 month's off 66.If this government had left well alone I would be receiving my pension next month.As things are I will have to sign on and look for work,not for the contributions I have paid for 39 year's but for the extra money as my husband has been made redundant at the same time he has been diagnosed with Cancer,and he is not receiving his pension, as he is not 65.