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Thousands of Bristolian Women Affected By Pension Changes


Up to a thousand women in Bristol South will lose out if the Government press ahead with changes to the pension age, Dawn Primarolo has warned.

Dawn, Labour’s MP for Bristol South, will be meeting this afternoon with Bristol South residents who have travelled to London to protest against the Government’s plans which will leave women born in 1953 and 1954 up to £15,000 worse off in retirement.  

Commenting before Age UK’s lobby of Parliament, Dawn said:

“The Government’s proposals are simply unfair.  Women born in 1953 and 1954 have been told that they’ll have to wait up to two years more to receive their state pension, yet have been given little time to prepare.  Many of these are women who have juggled working lives with raising a family, and who have very little retirement savings to fall back on.  The lack of warning of these changes means they do not have enough time to adjust carefully thought-out retirement plans and leaves them feeling robbed of their pensions.”

Labour’s Shadow Pensions Minister, Rachel Reeves MP added:

“Despite the Coalition Agreement stating that they would not raise the state pension age for women before 2020, the Government have taken another ‘u- turn’ on their policy and I will be fighting these changes every step of the way to ensure fairness for those approaching retirement feeling that the goalposts keep being moved.”


Posted: 18 May 2011

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