WASPI comes to County Hall in Matlock

Fair Transitional Pensions demanded by Women Born in the 1950s.

Motion presented by Irene Ratcliffe is passed.


WASPI is a campaigning group fighting for fair pensions for this big group of women. The equalisation of pensions between men and women happened so quickly that no one had time to make arrangements for the change. 

The Derbyshire contingent of the WASPI campaign group went to County Hall to present their case.

Marie Hall of WASPI said:

"The meeting went well and received a standing ovation. This show only heightened our emotions and we all clapped very loud when passed. On the steps we sang the Waspi anthem and our rendition was heard far and wide as we sang loud and proud in readiness for June 29th in London."

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQJPfqG_h94 - THE WASPI ANTHEM 


  Leader of Derbyshire County Council (Labour) tweeted:

Delighted that agreed to support at today's council meeting. Moving presentation by Tricia and


Irene Ratcliffe (Labour Councillor) presented the following motion which was passed after some debate.

"The Council calls on the Government to make fair transitional arrangements for all women born on or after 6th April 1951 who have unfairly borne the burden of the increase to the State Pension Age (SPA). Hundreds of thousands of women had significant pension changes imposed on them by the Pension Acts of 1995 and 2001 but were not notified of the changes until relatively recently. Some women were not notified until two years ago of a six-year increase in pension age. Women born in the 1950s are bearing a disproportionate cost of Conservative plans to reduce state spending.

Many women born in the 1950s are living in hardship. Retirement plans have been shattered with devastating consequences. Many of these women are caring for elderly relatives, providing childcare for grandchildren, or suffer discrimination in the workplace so struggle to find employment. Women born in this decade are suffering financially due to the Tories' ideological drive to reduce the cost of the state. These women have worked hard, raised families and paid their tax and national insurance with the expectation that they would be financially secure after finishing work. It is not the pension age itself that is disputed - it is widely accepted that women and men should retire at the same time. The issue is that the rise in the women's state pension age has been too rapid and has happened without sufficient notice being given to the women affected.

The Council calls upon the Government to reconsider transitional arrangements for women born between 1951 and 1955 so that women do not live in hardship due to pension changes they were not told about until it was too late to make alternative arrangements."


For more information on the WASPI campaign read Paul Lewis' blogs:



or you can find WASPI on Facebook or on their new web site



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