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Update on WASPI- (Pensions) all women born in the 1950's - Carers UK Forum

Update on WASPI- (Pensions) all women born in the 1950's

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News Update – 12th October 2016
Legal Challenge
Here it is – the news that so many of you have been waiting for! WASPI is launching a legal challenge to the Government.
We have instructed Bindmans (https://www.bindmans.com) to act on our behalf. Bindmans is a leading London law firm, who have achieved success in many equality and discrimination cases and also in representing the Equitable Life Pensioners.
Bindmans consider that there are two potential legal routes that can be followed: 
• A judicial review challenge (or challenges) to the legality of the changes to the State Pension Age; and 
• Maladministration complaints regarding the wholly inadequate information given by the Department for Work and Pensions regarding these changes.
To fund the legal challenge, we shall be opening up a Crowdjustice page in one week's time, so please spread the word as far and as wide as you can between now and then ready to get everyone donating. Funds raised on Crowdjustice go directly to Bindmans to pay for their legal work on our behalf.
The best legal advice is not cheap and a large amount of money needs to be raised. The initial fundraising will allow us to take the best legal advice on a judicial review challenge at the same time as preparing materials to assist with the maladministration complaints. Further fundraising will provide the start of funding for us to engage in legal correspondence with the DWP and begin to pursue whichever legal challenge we are advised offers the best prospects for success.
This news has been a long time coming, because a huge amount of background work had to be done before the campaign was in a position to take this action. Firstly, WASPI needed to have what is called a "legal entity" in order to be able to instruct lawyers and pursue litigation. This has been done by registering WASPI at Companies House as a company limited by guarantee. WASPI has a board of unpaid directors who are: Anne Keen, Celia Johnson, Pat Tarttelin, Susan Beevers and Jane Cowley. Further appointments are expected to be made to the board and we are appointing a campaign director.
WASPI Ltd will be launching a membership scheme in a month's time. Becoming a member will enable you to have your say in electing a committee to represent members' views, be represented on the Board by an elected representative, attend Annual General Meetings and vote on long-term strategy. The membership fee will be £25 per annum, with concessions for those in receipt of benefits, but if you donate £25 or more to the Crowdjustice fund, you will get your first year's membership included in your donation. All the funds raised through the membership scheme will be used to support the campaign.
WASPI Campaign – Paint the Town Purple! Winning Hearts and Minds!
The legal route is not a quick one, with court cases taking years rather than months, so it's vital for WASPI to keep up the momentum with its political campaign. Didn't it make you feel proud to see all the petitions being handed over in the House of Commons this week? Especially when you know how many cold, wet and windy street corners women stood on to collect the signatures.
The work by our local groups has been the cornerstone of the campaign's success to date and we plan to continue on with two new initiatives - "Paint the Town Purple" and “Winning Hearts and Minds”. 
The first "does what it says on the tin". It's simply a push to get every notice board, shop window, library, post office, doctors' surgery, etc. displaying a WASPI poster. We want WASPI to be under everyone's noses wherever they go, so that no one can say (as a Conservative MP did at the conference) that they haven't heard of us.
“Winning Hearts and Minds” is an a initiative to get even more Conservative MPs to support us. We've already been successful in getting quite a number of Tory MPs on board, as was made evident when the petitions were being presented, but we want to get even more! When the government are hearing their own MPs arguing for a fair result for 1950s women, they take a lot more notice than when opposition MPs say the same thing. We are aiming to target the 30 MPs with the smallest majorities – they could be voted out at the next election simply by the 1950s women in their constituency, so it's in their interests to listen carefully to what we have to say. Beyond this, we would like to see a local group in every Conservative constituency, so that the government really understands that we mean business!
So, exciting times ahead for WASPI. Look out for the Countdown to Crowdjustice on our website, Facebook page and Twitter and get thinking how you can raise those funds!
Well done, keep us posted with how to join etc.
Hello bowlingbun
I was just going to sign out when I noticed your message.
It looks like one can join on FACEBOOK but I don't use that site.
As soon as I have another e-mail from our local MP's office I shall post it here.
Thanks for posting. A glimmer of hope at last.

What makes me so angry about this whole pensions mess is that not only are some of us having to wait 5 or 6 extra years to get our pension but that there is no consistency at all.
I have a friend born in Feb 53 and she's been getting her pension for ages. Another friend born in April 53 has been getting hers since July. I am just 6 months younger than her and have to wait another TWO YEARS. How can that be fair?

It's almost like someone at the Pensions dept has just stuck a pin in against names and not thought about the consequences.
Penny, I tested out the government's 'when will you get your pension' website

and I was shocked to discover that if you were born on 5th May 1953, your pension started this last July (6th July 2016), but if you were born on 6th May (one day later) you have to wait till 6th November 2016.

That start date remains the same until the 5th June. Then on the 6th June, if you were born then, you have to wait till the following MARCH (6th March 2017)

Again, if you are born on 6th July 1953, your pension won't start till 6th JULY 2017.

If born on 6th August 1953, it's 6th NOVEMBER 2017

If born on 6th September 1953 it's 6th MARCH 2018

If born on 6th October 1953 it's 6th JULY 2018

If born on 6th November 1953 it's 6th NOVEMBER 2018

If born on 6th December 1953 it's 6th MARCH 2019

So EVERY MONTH's birthday you lose ANOTHER FOUR MONTHS' of your pension!!!
How the raising of the pension age for 50s born women has fueled poverty, ill health and depression
Posted on May 16, 2020 by davidhencke

A new and highly detailed research study by King’s College, London reveals that the lowest paid women born in the 1950s are now substantially worse off because of the government’s decision to raise their pension age from 60 to 66.
The damning findings confirm why the BackTo60 campaign are right to highlight the inequalities and seek to overturn a judicial review in July which refused to provide any compensation for 3.8 million women.
Since the situation is now even worse because of the huge death rate among the elderly it also shows how sensible it will be for the organisation to highlight the issue in two films that will be backed by a crowdfunder. The link to their crowdfunder, which has already raised over £5000 is here.
The academics at King’s College compared the fate of those who had already retired at 60 with those who were having to wait for their pension until they are 65 or 66.
They found the change in pension age widened inequality, increased poverty by six to eight points, caused much more depression and mental health issues and also made people more likely to succomb to additional health problems like diabetes or arthritis.
It was specifically bad for women who had to work longer in low paid jobs often involving manual labour, such as working in care homes.
In their academic language it says the “increases had a negative impact on health: women aged 60–64 years are no longer eligible to collect their pension due to the reform exhibit worse mental and physical health scores (PCSs) and higher prevalence of clinical depression than women of the same age unaffected by the reform.
Moreover, longer extensions of SPA [ State Pension Age] led to higher declines in mental health than shorter extensions. Crucially, the negative health effect of SPA postponement is confined to women from lower-grade routine occupations, and it is largely driven by longer exposure to adverse psychological and physical stressors. As a result, the reform had the undesirable consequence of increasing health inequality by occupational grade, as evidence points to a 12 percentage-point increase in the probability of depressive symptomatology.”
You can read the report, published in Health Economics, here.

Michael Mansfield
It should put a spring in the step of lawyers like Michael Mansfield, who are fighting for BackTo60 in the forthcoming judicial review appeal and its findings ought to worry the Department for Work and Pensions as it exposes the damage they have done. Though making anyone there or in Downing Street remorseful for anything is a tall order.
Received this e-mail today. All information can be found on backto60 website.

How grass root trade unionists are backing 1950s women to get back their pension'
David Hencke piece in Union News Here

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Earlier Times: Unison delegation with Jackie Jones, BackTo60 campaigner and expert on the UN Convention for the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women.
The success of the crowdfunding appeal by BackTo60 campaigning group to run a series of films exposing the plight of 1950s born women yet to get their pension has been partly due to campaigning trade unionists.
As well as getting a large number of small donations from many of the women themselves, two grassroots campaigners from the trade union movement managed to raise an astonishing £3400 towards the campaign.
The full story is in Union – News today.
Mac Hawkins from Unison and Louise Matthews from Unite – both women’s officers at their local branches – and strong supporters of BackTo60.
.Mac Hawkins got support from the Wales region of Unison and Louise Matthews got support from Unite’s Equality Team and Unite Companions.
But the key thing is how much money they got from their local branches Mac Hawkins raised some £1400 from her Caerphilly branch while Louise Matthews got support from her Unite branch in Southampton.
Tireless campaigners
Both have been tirelessly campaigning to get money for the films which will form a key part of keeping the issue in the public eye before BackTo60 appeal the judicial review decision on July 21.
The one sad thing in this story is that at national level in both unions there appears to be a cooling off in financing the campaign. Before the general election, Unison and Unite contributed to the campaign, and Unison came alongside BackTo60 to deliver a petition to Downing Street.
This time the national unions are still supportive – but possibly because of the divisions with Waspi on what they want from the government, they may be holding back.
BackTo60 is sticking with full restitution and compensation for all the 3.8 million 50s women – while some other Waspi groups still have to spell out exactly how much compensation they want.