WASPI Would Not Succeed – New Pensions Minister
New Department For Work and Pensions Minister Richard Harrington MP said that he would make it clear that women seeking financial aid for the state pension age adjustment would not receive any aid from the government in any form.
Mr Harrington specifically said that the government will not meet any demands by the Women Against State Pension Age Inequality (WASPI), a group focused on raising awareness for retirees affected by the state pension adjustments.
According to Mr Harrington, some politicians gave a wrong impression of hope on the women.
“The people who feel disadvantaged – the Waspis – seriously, I’ve read a lot about this as it’s an important part of the job.
“I’d like to make it very clear that the Government will be making no further changes in this field.”
WASPI had focused on helping women cope with the state pension age adjustment that began in 1995 to bring women’s state pension age in line with men. The adjustments meant that the women aged 60 to 65 years to this date will have five years of pensions gone from them.
The WASPI claim the government did not inform the retirees immediately of the change, leaving some at the mercy of possible financial troubles in the future.
The government had helped the WASPI and the elderly women in the past. After the Government pushed back the retirement age by two years, the WASPI protested. The government gave them an extra six months’ worth of pension, which cost about £1bn.