Victory for campaign groups as high court orders judicial review of women's state pension age increases

Published by Rachel Lacey on 03 December 2018.
Last updated on 03 December 2018

Woman and a piggy bank

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.

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Regarding the judicial review

Regarding the judicial review of women's state pension age, my wife is 62 and has paid national insurance contributions for well over 30 years. However she had to stop working earlier this year due to Alzheimer's and will never be able to work again. Yet she cannot draw her state pension for another 4 years. There has to be something wrong with a system which penalizes women (or indeed men) in this way.

Women keep crying out for

Women keep crying out for equality but don't like it when they get it, why should women get their state pension earlier than men it's unfair on men. Every time a rule changes there are winners and losers which is OK as long as women are never the losers, they have had years to prepare for it but ignored all warnings until it hit them.

You have missed the point

You have missed the point entirely. Most women agree the age should be equal but, initially, the government were introducing it gradually. I received a letter when I was in my 50s from DWP advising me I would get my state pension when I was 63. When I reached 63 they then advised the date had changed but I was NEVER informed of the change. Exactly what "warnings" are you referring to??

men were able to pay into a

men were able to pay into a private pension long before woman,woman brought the kids up,had part time jobs.and looked after other members of the family as well ie her mother ..your mother,it was unpaid work and bloody hard,men didnt have to do any of this,and to this day most still do not,dont dont you dare play the crying card thank you

About time too! I was born in

About time too! I was born in the 50's and have worked full time for 45 years, I recently had to give up my job to be an unpaid carer for my sister and aunt who have both had strokes. I do not receive any benefits and was counting on my pension to manage. I am now 62 and have never been so poor in my life thanks to the tories. I also did not receive any notification of the change, I actually heard about it on the news!

I am male and well retired I

I am male and well retired I have to agree, why should women be favoured with an earlier pension date they have a greater life expectancy & as a previous contributor said women want equality OK thats what you are getting "good isn't it" I believe totally in equality what a shame others obviously do not!

Born 1957, I have nothing in

Born 1957, I have nothing in my own right, I am living off my husbands state pension, we have now got to sell our house. This is because I don't get my state pension. So wrong.

Im so sorry you have to sell

Im so sorry you have to sell your home and very angry and resentful the government have put us in this position. Im 62 with chronic back pain unemployed at the moment and cant claim any benefits. I have debt as well. These fatcats are not in the real world. Keep strong and hopefully this high court appeal may get us our pension. I am depressed as well and trying to keep going.

You state the state pension

You state the state pension age for men and women is currently 65. According to the DWP it is 66. I am 64 and fighting for my pension BUT will not receive ANYTHING until I am 66.

Maybe you should have paid

Maybe you should have paid into the system yourself to get a pension, I paid in for 50 years to get my old pension so why should you get yours for free, your husband will get his for contributing and would get extra to support you when you retire if married to him.

Women should have to wait

Women should have to wait until same retirement as men to retire and get pension which has nothing to do with being a carer which is covered by carer's allowance. There was plenty of warning on TV, radio, press and internet. Men's pension age should have been reduced to match women then they could have increased it in stages for both over a 5 year period years ago for what you women keep demanding, equality., you only like equality when in favour of women.

You really don't get it do

You really don't get it do you? Even when someone else has already explained in words of very few syllables!! (1) Women are very obviously not objecting to equality. (2) We are questioning the way the changes were implemented. (3) This has negatively impacted those women born in the '50s. Simple.

I totally agree. Bearing in

I totally agree. Bearing in mind also we left school at 15 not 16 so have worked an extra year therefore paid more contributions towards our pension.

Which plenty of notice is

Which plenty of notice is this ? That’s the argument not enough Notice in regards to this of us being informed only of this filtered through in 2012 . Apparently government discussed in 1995 so we all must of been asleep then . Having been through a divorce in 2003 there was no discussion in regards to this as l would of reviewed my finances at that time . The governments have mislead women inc myself born in the 50s. I have already paid in excess of 40,000 into this and if l dnt reach nearly 67 that’s my hard earned money down the pan . Am sure if given the warning / opportunity many women could of made other provisions such as another pension scheme . This is what the argument is about . It’s not just about equality as men state pension age has increased for them upwards of 65.

I very clearly remember

I very clearly remember discussing this with my wife in about 2002, it was known then that she would have to wait till she was 65 to get her pension. She was born in June 1953. It is also a reminder that there are changes happening over the last few years and will also happen in the future that people will need to keep on top of. The days of working in one company for a guaranteed, escalating and substantial pension are for the relatively few now. Get a gateway account on the website and find out regarding the state pension, don't wait to hear what is then bad news.

I so wish people, often men,

I so wish people, often men, who don’t know the first thing about this issue would refrain from giving us the benefit of their opinion.
I haven’t met a woman yet who disagrees with the principle of equalising the state pension age. What is at issue is the lack of communication and the acceleration of the timetable with no notice. It is interesting to note that MPs moved swiftly to ensure the same couldn’t happen to them by introducing rules that changes cannot be made within ten years of retirement. Some women were given barely eighteen months notice of the change.
I too understood that my pension age would be increased and I would likely receive it around the age of 62. This seemed reasonably fair to me at the time as pension ages were being equalised.
At the age of 59 I discovered it will be 66. This after a lifetime of planning for retirement at 60 and 41 years of NI contributions. I am now 63 and still waiting. Total loss of pension over six years about £30,000.
Perhaps everyone thought nobody will worry about a few unhappy women. Judging by some of the comments here they were probably right!

All because women want to

All because women want to cherry pick where equality should apply.

Do government representatives

Do government representatives write the negative comments ?

We do not want to cherry pick

We do not want to cherry pick at equality, but when the gold post continues to be moved from 60 to 65 now it’s 66, when is it going to stop, what about our children and grandchildren, and the generations after that, are they going to work until they are 80/90 years because people in office continues to change the age for retirement when they want to, something must be done now

Not amused at one of the

Not amused at one of the comments saying the person should have saved for a pension. The person making this comment must have had a salary which enabled them to do this.
Many of us have had a basic salary and have struggled with mortgages,bills etc. and not been able to save for a pension despite working really hard.
Maybe this person should look at the wider picture.