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.
Not enough warning to make a private pension pay for me.
I am currently working but I do have health problems so have had to reduce my hours from full time to part time and even though I need the money I will be forced to retire with nothing by the end of this year because I struggle with having Addisons Disease which affects stamina and mental capacity because of chronic fatigue. I have worked hard all my life born in 1958 I am one of those woman missing out big time from being able to get a pension until I am 66 years of age. to jump it to 6 years plus is unfair unjust and government robbery! I cannot even add to the pension even though I am still paying my NIC they still are taking off the contributions but said they have frozen my pension until i retire at 66. So not even able to add anything but keep me working. Unfortunately for me with my health I will miss out further as will have to give up work soon. Its so unfair and feel I am being punished for working hard all these years. I have paid enough for the full pension as worked from age 16 and now at 61 they could have at least offered those of us who have paid all contributions to retire or consider those of us with health problems that affect our working to be able to retire as why should we have to apply for benefits when we have earned our way all these years. They know what they are doing as benefits will be no where near the pension we should be getting its a disgrace. Like one comment They are helping plane fulls of refugees out with our money.. no one knows much about these being flown in from Afghanistan its kept quiet... looks good to other nations but the likes of me and others my age get robbed those of us who have worked and paid our taxes.
Pension at 60
No we were not made aware we were the generation that were always paid less than men doing the same jobs we were not offered company pensions as we were informed that this was the man's reward as bread winner. We were always secondary to men in employment even given the offer of paying a smaller contribution in national insurance as we had a man at our backs who would automatically get a pension so no we were the generation that would never be winners so please stop showing your ignorance unless you lived through this era and fully understand the employment laws of the time
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.