Geraint Davies, Labour MP for Swansea West, today joined women who came to Parliament to campaign for state pension equality. The meeting took place on International Women’s Day, as Labour MPs called for a stop to state pension changes which penalise women born in the 19560s.
Geraint Davies said, “Women from Swansea born between 1950 and 1960 are hit hard by a sudden and unexpected loss of income that they had not planned for. Many have had families, separations and career breaks and this change is an unjustified and cruel breach of contract that has left many destitute. The campaign goes on for justice for this particularly vulnerable group who have been treated with meanness by a Conservative government which doesn’t care or understand their plight.
“It was inspiring to meet so many women who have fought for state pension justice, especially on International Women’s Day. The Government should listen to the voices and stories of these women who have still not found justice.
“WASPI is a fantastic campaign that highlights an important injustice in the way that the Government have dealt with changes to state pensions. Although, like WASPI, I agree with state pension equalisation between men and women, the Government has implemented these changes in an unfair way – with little or no personal notice, more speed than promised, and no time for many women to make alternative plans. For too many women, some in my constituency of Swansea West, retirement plans have been shattered with devastating consequences. Five ordinary women got together in 2015 and decided to fight this injustice, and it gives me hope to see so many campaigning in Parliament today.”