Ian Austin

Independent for Dudley North

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Hundreds of local women sign petition for Parliament against pension changes

A petition from women in Dudley against plans to raise the state pension age will be presented to Parliament on Tuesday.

Over 600 people have signed a petition sent out by Dudley MP Ian Austin in protest against plans to push through changes to the state pension of women.

Government plans will accelerate rises to the State Pension Age for women so that it will reach 66 by 2020, instead of 2026 as originally planned. Campaigners say that the changes have shattered their retirement plans as they have not had time to make new arrangements.

Official House of Commons Library figures show that 68,660 Black Country women born in the 1950s will be affected along with hundreds of thousands more across the country. Ian has been working alongside the campaign group Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) to reach out to local women and get their voices heard.

Austin has joined the All-Party Parliamentary Group for WASPI and raised the issue with Government Ministers on behalf of local women on a number of occasions.

The petition will be presented to Parliament on Tuesday 11th October.

Ian Austin said:

"The overwhelming response to this petition just goes to show how important it is to local people.

"Women who have worked hard and contributed should be able to plan for their retirement, but the Government's rapid changes to the pension age have made this impossible.

"This is particularly important in the Black Country where lots of people left school at 15 or 16 and did hard graft, instead of graduating in their mid-20s to start office work.

"It’s my job to stand up for them and I was delighted to meet local women campaigning against these changes when they came to Parliament back in July. I hope that by working together we will be able to get the Government to listen and change these plans."

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