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Prime Minister asked to arrange state pension compensation

Prime Minister asked to arrange state pension compensation

Prime minister Boris Johnson has been asked to arrange compensation for women born in the 1950s who lost out due to changes made to the state pension age, by way of a temporary special measure.

In a letter delivered on Thursday (August 22), Anna McMorrin, MP for Cardiff North, stated the changes to the state pension age had been "concluded in bad faith”.

The letter, also signed by Jackie Jones, MEP for Wales, Joanne Welch, campaign director at Backto60, and Gloria Mills, national secretary for equalities at Unison, noted that many women affected late in their lives “have been forced to change their working and retirement plans at such short notice”.

It said: “For some this has meant finding new employment or the sale of their homes, at a time when they should be enjoying well-earned retirement. This has caused a great ordeal for so many of the 3.8m women this policy has impacted.”

The signatories noted that 177 MPs had signed an early day motion, tabled by Ms McMorrin in April, which called on the government to enact a temporary special measure to provide restitution to women born in the 1950s who have lost their pensions from the age of 60 because of the impact of the rise in retirement age.

A temporary special measure is a UN initiative on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.

Plans to increase the state pension age were first announced in the Pension Act 1995 but these changes were accelerated as part of the Pension Act 2011.

Campaign groups The Women Against State Pension Inequality and Backto60 have claimed these changes were implemented unfairly with little or no personal notice and faster than promised, and had left women with no time to make alternative plans, leading to devastating consequences.

However, the government has so far stated that reversing the hike in women state pension age back to 60 would cost the public purse more than £180bn.

In June, Backto60 took the government to the High Court for a judicial review into the way the retirement age was raised.

Two claimants - Julie Delve, 61, and Karen Glynn, 62 - argued raising their pension age "unlawfully discriminated against them on the grounds of age, sex, and age and sex combined".

Judgement has been reserved.

maria.espadinha@ft.com

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