Published On: Thu, Oct 10th, 2019

State Pension latest news: Backto60 campaigner angry at 50s women retirement age increase | Personal Finance | Finance

A High Court judgement last week ruled women from the Backto60 campaign were not discriminated against or treated unfairly for having to wait longer than they had planned for their state pension as the retirement age is due to be increased to 66 by 2020. But angry campaigners have insisted they want compensation for the nearly four million women who have been forced to wait up to an additional six years after Government changes to bring women’s retirement age into line with men’s. After the October 3 ruling, the women cried “the fight goes on” outside the court as Joanne Welch, who led the campaign, said: “Where do we go from here? Well, where will the Government go from here is the better question.”

Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour after the ruling, Ms Welch voiced her frustration with MPs, claiming there had been an effort to “actively block” an “opportunity to tell 50s women there were concerns”. 

She said: “So all this about they don’t have to tell us they actively dismissed an opportunity to tell us.”

She added: “Seriously, I really cannot see how any MP can look us in the eye and know the impact of this abomination and say, well, we didn’t have to tell you.

“MPs privately that is not what they tell us: they are hugely concerned.”

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Asked if she was considering going to appeal following the ruling, Ms Welch did not give a firm commitment. 

She said: “We have to speak to our legal team. We haven’t had that opportunity. 

“We will be doing that and making a decision at that point.

“I cannot speak at this moment about our plans.”

Meanwhile Dr Julian Lewis MP added: “Successive Governments despite their best efforts failed to get the message across to enough people that the retirement age for women was rising exponentially. Will the Government try to look at some of the proposals?”

And Labour MP Jack Dromey raged: “3.8million women born in the 1950s who built Britain face hardship as a consequence of pension changes made by this Government.

“The Government has committed to nothing. The Prime Minister said however during the Conservative leadership contest that he is committed to doing everything he can to bring justice to the 1950s women.”

Dena Hunt, 60, was checking her state pension forecast online in order to work out how much she could get when she realised she wouldn’t be able to retire for years longer than she’d expected.

Speaking to, she said: “I was looking forward to finishing work and spending time with my family but clearly that wasn’t going to happen if I couldn’t have my state pension.”

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