A high court judge has granted a judicial review to determine whether recent increases to women’s state pension age were lawful.
The case was brought by BackTo60, a campaign group representing women born in the 1950s who have borne the brunt of recent of increases to the state pension age.
Until 2010 women received their state pension at age 60. However, this has gradually been increasing and currently state pension age is 65 for both men and women and will increase to 67 by 2028.
State pension ages rose faster for women, in order for them to be equalised with men’s.
BackTo60 and other campaign groups, notably WASPI (Women Against State Pension Increases) argue that many women born in the 1950s were not warned of the changes and have suffered financial hardship as a result.
BackTo60 is campaigning for all women born during the 1950s to have their financial position restored to the position it would have been, had the state pension age remained at 60.
Commenting on the decision, Nathan Long, senior analyst at Hargeaves Lansdown says: “The state pension is the bedrock of retirement income for everyone and needs to be preserved to ensure people can retire with confidence.
"With people living longer raising the state pension age seems sensible, the problem is that doing so creates people who miss out under the system.
“It’s hard not to feel sympathy for the women have seen their retirement age jump so significantly and the manner in which the changes were communicated remains perhaps the biggest bone of contention.
"The judicial review looks to be the best chance to challenge the amendments as the government has continually stonewalled the issue, claiming the cost of not equalising state pensions is prohibitively expensive.’
A date for the review is yet to be set.
I agree with you I have had 2 cancers one at 18 and one at 40 and I find it unfair that I am now expected to work until I am 67 I was born in 1962 i find this outrages that the government is spending all this aid to other countries when there is such great poverty in the uk. They are spending billions being in the EU which has given nothing back but a serge of new people we cannot house.
No pension - Born in 1955
I was never sent letters informing me that I will not be getting my pension at age 60 or my bus pass. I am living on my husband's state and private pensions and handouts of my children. I cannot even get Pension Credit because my husband gets £10.00 more in pension. What I deserved they robbed but penalised me for the £10.00 more my husband gets in his private pension to enable us to get Pension Credit. My husband now has cancer and I am his carer. We would have less worry if I had received my state pension when it was due but to move the milestone for women after working, have a family, care for elderly parents it's like a getting a kick in the teeth. The powers that be makes the rule to please them, for their benefits and to further their careers with our votes then forget about us. Women have always had a bad deal and are still. Hope Back260 wins their case may be then they will start treating women with the respect we deserves and knows that women are a force to be reckoned with.
"Angry 60's woman robbed of State Pension"
I was born in 1958, this equality thing was made up as an excuse to rob me of my pension , I’ve paid into a pension scheme all my life and can’t work now due to ill health is it fair to have anyone whose paid into a pension scheme for 36 years wait till 67 to start enjoying the fruits of their hard labours.? It’s a disgrace , it’s daylight robbery , it might cost billions to sort it out but we earned it we paid it we deserve it so pay us out money. It is our money not the governments ours .