Devon backs women’s state pension campaign
Posted on: 14 September 2016
Devon County Council’s Cabinet is backing the campaign for State pension equality for women.
The authority is planning to write to Government Ministers detailing its support for the campaign.
Council leader John Hart has also raised the issue with Devon MPs at meetings in Westminster this week.
The decision follows a lobby of the Cabinet by women campaigning against Government changes to the State pension age which they say will particularly penalise those born after 1951.
The campaign does not oppose the policy of men and women retiring at the same age.
But it says the changes have been made too quickly and without proper notice and will cause some women significant financial hardship.
It says those worst affected stand to lose six years’ pension income of up to £42,000.
There was all-party support for the move which was proposed by the Liberal Democrats.
“The council understands the genuine concerns of people at the impact of the change to State pension arrangements made by this and previous Governments.
“I have already raised these issues, personally, with Devon MPs when I met them earlier this week in support of the campaign.”
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