Exclusive: Case for Judicial Review for BackTo60 challenge to government on pensions set for November 30

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Royal Courts of Justice – venue for handing in the papers for a judicial review for the 50s women

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The High Court is to hear the case for a judicial review into the government’s mishandling of the raising of the pension age for 50s women on November 30.

The court granted a two hour hearing today.This means that Michael Mansfield and his team will argue the merits of the case for a judicial review.

The Department for Work and Pensions will oppose any judicial review.  The judge  will decide whether it can go ahead.

The granting of a two hour hearing  is significant in the sense that the court has decided that the merits of both sides of the argument  must be examined thoroughly. Previously the court had thought that 30 minutes was enough to hear the arguments – suggesting that it could be turned down without much debate.

The announcement is a victory for the lawyers arguing the  case and for BackTo 60 in taking such an uncompromising stance. The government has so far refused to budge an inch in recognising the grievances of the 3.8 million women who have lost out – some of them living in dire poverty as a result.

The case will be backed up by the paper from Jackie Jones, a law professor at the University of the West England She has produced the report,  which shows that this group of women have suffered discrimination contrary to an international  convention signed by successive UK governments. It is not a legal document but it is an expert opinion.

 

188 thoughts on “Exclusive: Case for Judicial Review for BackTo60 challenge to government on pensions set for November 30

    • this should not go ahead,it will destroy all we have worked so hard to achieve.even if the government agree with you all.you will be tied up in red tape for donkeys years waiting,they won’t be bothered about you,its a foolish move to make

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      • We have to wait and see what happens,
        At least something is being done, unlike WASPI’s campaign relying on MP’s and APPG which is going nowhere and ending up with crumbs,
        This government don’t want to know and getting the media to ignore the 1950’s ladies plight

        So I and thousands of others are waiting for this outcome on 30th November and so should you!!!

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  1. Great news, laws have been broken & women given too little time to adjust their circumstances. To add insult to injury, the goalpost was moved twice, with no consultation or consideration. We paid in for forty years on the condition that we would receive our state pension at 60. My husband died the year that the date was changed for a 2nd time, aged 60 years & 12 days. He didn’t even reach his pension age & I was unaware of the 2nd change if date because of what I was going through. How arrogant to assume that we are all living longer & cam manage a further four & a half years in my case through no fault of our own, rather the bankers who failed us.
    Good luck to those reviewing this on our behalf & thankyou.

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    • My husband died aged 54! all so wrong, six years added! no bus pass, our generation that worked at 15 paid in, we did hard jobs, lifting, standing, long hours and we are expected to carry on working?

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  2. I pray that their eyes are opened for us.
    I have £164.00/month only as I’m not 65 till January 2019 then I have to wait until May 2019 for my state pension.
    I lost my job with Department for work and pensions through time off due to Ill health.
    I then looked after my elderly mother and mother-in-law till they passed away. My husband retired at the end of last year aged 68 and have been looking after him through type 1 diabetes problems also bad eyesight.
    We do not get any financial help or reduced council tax etc.
    I am just one of thousands. We are just asking for what we paid into since leaving school at 15 years old and going into work.

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    • You have been hit so badly Karen. I am so sad to read your story. Fingers crossed that some good will come of this news. I too won’t receive my pension until 6th May 2019., although DWP told me today that it won’t be the 6th but after that date and will be back dated.

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      • As a 1953 baby, I did qualify for mine last year at 64, but it is paid 4 weeks in arrears. Luckily I have a small teacher’s pension – trained as a mature, so no big pot for me, but it paid off the mortgage and we manage OK. Husband only 63 so he doesn’t get his for another few years, yet forced to retire on health grounds but without financial support as they say he could sit at a till in Asda, yet has cancer, heart and other problems! My sister dies at 54 of cancer and my brother two weeks ago at 60, Neither will get their pension, nor their families, so what happens to all those contributions? Even if ‘we’ win against the government, they won’t back date anything for the likes of me, but at least I have mine now, all £500 a month less tax as contracted out, another thing I had never explained. Good luck to everyone, keep strong and pray for whatever you can get.

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  3. Thank you so much for all your support. We seem to on the cusp of something and I very much hope that it is true when they say ‘fortune favours the brave’. Some very brave women have been fighting for justice for all 50’s born women for a long time.

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  4. Good news – 2 hours to hear the evidence – this has to be encouraging news .

    1950’s generation have been unjustly treated and in the end I do believe this truth will out.

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  5. Thankyou very much. I get my pension in 3 weeks time at the age of 64 years plus 363 days. I’ve really struggled and suffered health wise these last year’s. Let’s hope we win this so that other women dont have to suffer like i have .

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  6. Good Luck from an extremely exhausted 63 year old.
    Worked full time all my life. Another 3 years to go. Convinced I won’t make it.
    Been robbed of my right to retire at 60 year old.
    I so hope they see sense and pay me and the thousands of women who were robbed, their rightful pension.
    It’s daylight robbery.

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  7. It’s too late now for some people especially my mum who passed away three years ago today aged 65 when she retired in June 2015 unfortunately she didn’t get much time to enjoy retirement

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  8. Utterly disgusting the way us 50s women have been treated and as for informing us I never received any letter stating they were shifting the goal post first to 65 yrs then 66yrs robbed we were, it should have been brought in at a slower pace instead it was thrust upon us I was born Oct 54 which I think was the hardest hit

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    • Me too Oct 54. Had to change our retirement plans. My husband older than me. He will be in his 70’s before I get State Pension. Too late for the plans we had. I stand to lose £42,600.00 +.

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    • I was born in March 1955. This seems to be about as bad as it gets in terms of waiting for my state pension. My contributions more than cover my right to retire much earlier than that date – so why do I have to wait until I am nearly 67 to get my state pension? Why is the delay not exactly linear and proportional? Someone born 2 years before me does not have to wait as long as I will. It seems very strange.

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      • Julia if you were born in 1955 then you will get your state pension at 66. Only those born 1960 onwards will have pension ages greater than 66.

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    • I was born in May 1954 and have to work til Jan 2020 before I get mine. Hope everything goes our way on the 30 Nov fingers crossed xx

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  9. Wow fantastic news lets keep everything crossed Thank You. I am 63 have asthma & good ( never smoked ) and struggle every day to work ( print finishing ) with osteo arthritis in my hands plus caring for my elderly mum of 86 who has cancer on both her lungs.

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  10. At last someone going to listen, I feel the government was treating us women as it doesn’t matter we just go away if we have no money we can’t fight it got to thank everyone who fought for this hearing.

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  11. This is wonderful news for all of us who have worked years and been robbed of the chance to retire,well all hope we are successfully in our fight for what was our right and not given the choice .

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  12. Now is the time for something to be done, it is like speaking and being made dumb, a group being mistreated.
    Any other injustice or a minority group, people would be shouting from the rooftops about it? 😇🙏

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  13. Susan Hopwood says

    Thank you for all your hard work and l hope you are successful in getting some sort of compensation for us women born in the ‘1950’s. I am 65 years young on 24/03/1954 and do not receive my state pension until 06/09//2019. Help!
    GoodLuck

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    • I’m 65 on 8th July 1954. Don’t receive my state pension until 6th May 2020. It just doesn’t make sense. That’s 4 months difference in age but 8 months difference in pensions.

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      • Many thanks for all your help. I’m 65 on 8th July 1954. Don’t receive my state pension until 6th May 2020. It just doesn’t make sense. That’s 4 months difference in age but 8 months difference in pension.

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  14. I really hope and pray some good will come from this , I’m 62 have chronic heart disease and arthritis, I was finished from work 2years ago and have been living off a small private pension that’s nearly run out , I don’t get no help from anywhere because I was told I couldn’t make any claims , being able to claim the pension I’ve paid into since the age of 15 , would put me and many more woman like me at ease , so please god let’s hope the get somewhere

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  15. Positive news. Thank you for all you are doing thereby treating fifties women with the respect they deserve. To be cast aside like rubbish in your sixties when you have worked and contributed for over 40yrs is disgraceful.

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  16. Thank you so much! I’m 61 years old and suffered a heart attack on my way to work in June this year. After returning to work 5 weeks later.. against doctors orders, but couldnt survive on statutory sick pay – I lost my job after just 2 weeks! I have now had to claim Universal Credit as I am single and live alone. Not had any income since August! Waiting for my first payment and applying for jobs, with no luck! Not feeling very confident that I shall soon be employed again, and the stress is obviously no good for me right now. Depressed and angry. Thank you again

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    • So sorry to hear of your situation. I hope that you get something sorted soon. I hope that your doctor is able to help you. it is stories like these that need to get heard.

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  17. So glad at last we will be heard. The truth will come out at last .we have been unfairly treated we are women of the 50s so glad our voise will be heard good luckThankyou David x

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  18. Thank you David for all that you have done for the 1950s woman, I am one of the worst affected born August 1954.having the goal posts moved twice without been informed, medically retired at 61 with no money ESA or other benefits having to survive on husbands military pension, now selling our home so we can survive till I’m 65 years 12 months and 7 days not that I’m counting.
    Now we have a date for the judicial review hopefully will go our way, thank you and good luck. We are all behind you

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    • i to am like you Janet born July 54 living on my husbands pension for which he gets 135pounds a week i,m his full time carer as he is terminal so cannot work although nobody would employ me aged 64 worked since i was 15 paid in more than 40years and can,t have my pension until march 2020wasn,t informed by anyone found out on the dwp site don,t think i will be around then as i have throat cancer

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  19. Good news hope sense and fairness prevails and everyone gets their money and an apology for treating us hard working citizens so badly.

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  20. They changed the goalpost twice . The second time I missed out by 3 days so instead of retiring at 60 I officially retire March 2019 when I will be 65 years and 3 months . I am so tired I won’t be able to enjoy my retirement. So what will happen to the 5 years and 3 months I have had to work over since I turned 60. I have worked since I was 12 on a milk round before I went to school . I have worked fulll time since I was 15 and paid my NI stamp since then .

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  21. By the time I receive my government pension, I will have worked over 50years, mostly full time and part time for a few years while raising children. Not only have women of our generation paid in over 5 years extra stamp but also not been paid our rightful pension. Very unfair on both counts. Many thanks to David Hencke.

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  22. Difficult to express my gratitude to you David. Never did I realise after giving my working life as NHS nurse would I now be nearly 63 with worsening asthma, haemorrhages both eyes and wondering how on earth I can do another three years. Paid NI 47 years and ZERO notice, treated appallingly.

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  23. Born Dec 54, left work after a nervous breakdown thinking I could claim my pension at 60…. how wrong was I! Rented out my home and have been living in a campervan.Thank goodness I am in good health. Not how I expected to spend my years in the winter of my life! Thank you, David, for all your help with this travesty of justice. Shame on the parliamentarians who will retire on a very good pension whilst leaving their minions, honest citizens who voted for them, to rot. Beware -winter is coming!

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  24. At last some encouraging news! Thank you David! This has had a huge impact on my mental and physical health since last year when I turned 60 not having received any notification that I wasn’t to get my state pension! I am angry everyday and attended the rally on 10/10/2018! We should have NEVER been treated in this way!!!

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  25. Such an amazing step forward for those born in the 50’s & 60’s with little or no notice to prepare.
    Thank you so much for all you have done David. Now fingers crossed 🤞

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  26. We have to remember, that great to get compensation back to 60 ( I mean WOW !) by the successful conclusion of the Judicial Review, and we might get paid out monthly state pension if we have not yet retired, aged between 60 and 66 from then onwards. But the small print of the flat rate means most women will not get the full flat rate new state pension monthly money, even if you have the full 35 years National Insurance record, and might even get less than the elderly were left behind on, lesser state pension money. That is the battle to be fought via the Grey Swans into the next Labour government by us 1950s ladies retired after 2016, as well as the 1960s born about to start turning 60. Seeking Labour supporting WASPI ladies to also be members of Grey Swans, as Grey Swans is the only pension campaign group campaigning into the next Labour government, not the negotiation points into this Tory government in charge of UK parliament now. Thanks.

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  27. Brilliant news let’s hope we get a fair hearing I never got a letter advising of the changes I have paid into the system for 44 years working from the age of 16 I’m now 61 still working . I recently checked my Government Gateway and realised the goalposts has been moved even further not only having to wait till I’m 66 to receive my state pension but 2016-2017 they changed the amount of years you have to pay in for who was informed of this I certainly wasn’t and neither was my husband. He got made redundant at 60 so took early retirement rang DWP do I have enough stamps for a full pension yes worked 45 years you will receive a full state pension at 66 checked last month he needs to pay until he is 66 to receive a full one now he was never told of this we have paid into a pension scheme for 40+ years it is a pension not a benefit we are not taking anything from the system which we have not paid for. We have been lucky to have never had to use the welfare system but with our taxes and national insurance over the years we have helped the people who have needed it ( maybe quite a lot who haven’t just a way of life ) all we are now asking is the 50’s Ladies is our pensions we have worked enough let the younger generation take our place in the workplace. Thank you to the people who have worked so hard to let our voices be heard .

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  28. Fortune favours the brave! Thank you David. The women that have paid into the state pension pot deserve for it to start being paid at 60. Let’s treat these ladies with the respect they deserve. Always a glass ceiling for women. I was born in 1962 so a state pension in 3 years rather than 10 years time would make a huge difference. Good luck and infinite thanks to all conceded that are fighting this on our behalf. X

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  29. I’m one of these 50’s woman and I feel cheated! I’m 63 now and have truly had enough of working. Give my job to a young person who needs it and get them off benefits. No doubt the Government will yet again wriggle out of this and win the argument!

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  30. Fingers crossed that finally we may get some justice ⚖ Thank you so much for your diligence and expertise in our quest for the result we 3.8million 50’s babies deserve.

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  31. THANK YOU SO MUCH keeping everything crossed and praying for JUSTICE for EVERYONE as soon as we can to end the needless poverty and suffering that has been so far endured by millions of 🇬🇧 UK citizens in their own country by their own GOVERNMENT!!! A Change MUST COME please……

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  32. I had to work till sixty four…six months after I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis so missed 4 good years pain free….feel cheated and robbed.

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  33. Just fabulous thanks so much hope we can get some JUSTICE we have been treated shamefully swept away as if we mean nothing the forgotten people of this country we work hard paid in for years i paid NI for 49 years i have had 18 part time jobs to bring up my kids and looked after my ageing parents. Plus for 14 years my mother had vascular dementia and lived till she was 93 years old i struggled to work part time plus look after her too never claimed a penny from the state in all my life still working to make up pension short fall i received my pension ladt nov 2017 at 64 and 3 months old so where the government get 18 months wait i dont know dont the know woman are at their wits end trying to survive each week terrible what the government have got away with please help all.. thats so so much ❤

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  34. Thank you so much for all the work that everyone as done, I to thought l would be able to retire at 60. I was born new years eve 1953, so l will have to wait until I’m 65 and 3 months. We have all been treated badly by the government after paying in 40 plus years in national insurance.

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  35. Many women planned their retirement and their whole future in the understanding that the pension would be paid at aged 60. For this to be taken away from them has left them in limbo. Being forced to work a further 6 years beyond what was recognised as the proper age me and that lives have been put on hold, scraping by on basic incomes and enforced poverty. I was forced to stop work at age 54 due to illness. I thought that I would receive my entitled pension in 6 years. No, 12 years to give me a decent standard of living when I have a life-limiting illness.

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  36. Good news put the case to them having pains in we need to be paid out now no more waiting why are we being shuffled out changed and not informed correctly I have been waiting another 4 years nearly why was my pension date changed ?? Why was there no proper notification and why am I still waiting 1954 s woman I can’t always have to rely on my hubby by propping no up my non existent pension we can’t do it come to n this injustice on a large scale how have they got away with it no more hardship

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  37. Thank you David in helping to fight the injustices that 1950’s born women have suffered in respect of the loss of their expected state pension at 60, without notice, some of us losing £50,000 from a pension pot we’ve paid into.

    Raising SPA for women is NOT gender equality … it is discrimination, leaving 3.8 million women without the weekly income they expected and planned for throughout their working lives. The only right and fair outcome of this government “STING” is to fully compensate all women deprived of up to six years pension and reinstate retirement at 60.

    Money from th NI fund has been misappropriated by the treasury and repeated governments, that is why they are raising the pension ages! I expect this will all come to light during the hearing.

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  38. The goverment have not thought this through. The caring for elderly parents is on hold now which puts a further strain on social care not to mention the NHS. And the main carers are yes….. the women who you are forcing to work on. To say that we are living longer is also not true especially up here in Scotland which falls way behind the average age limit. It’s easy targets that you are punishing the Sick, poor, disabled. Ah well Karma will resurface and come back to bite you.

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  39. Thank you David and all the women who are taking a stand..the suffrageytes would be proud..and annoyed that as women we are still fighting for our rights.. shameful government

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  40. Thanks for this news, a glimmer of hope for all those who are suffering this injustice. I really hope they see the devistating consequences that it has caused so many and correct this wrongdoing.
    Living on the breadline of universal credit now aged 64 and divorced. Two operations led me to give up my job. Now can’t get anything so feel on the scrap heap. Two more years to survive before I get what was promised at 60! Simply wishing one’s life away. Feel robbed of my future even though I have worked since the age of 16.
    Disgusting way So many have been treated. 😥 We must stand and fight our corner.

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    • I know what you mean by wishing your life away. I’m April 55 born, part of the worst effected group and it’s all been said above. But I’m regrettably pessimistic about the outcome of this hearing. The Government have too much to lose and they will get away with it if at all possible. I hope it isn’t possible of course. This is a complex issue. Younger people do not realise how much the world has changed since the days when we started work in the late 60’s. My advice to all those effected is to get a pension forecast now if you haven’t already done so. It’s shocking how only 20% of women will qualify for the New State Pension, so I’ve heard. And don’t forget if you are short of ‘stamps’ and are looking after grandchildren, you may be able to claim NI credits now even if you are not officially working.

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  41. Thankyou so much for this David. My original state pension date was Aug 2014, it’s now May 2020! I have damaged tendons in my shoulder , & back pain courtesy of 30 years working in the nhs as a hcsw, & so I must carry on working harder than ever due to poor staffing levels etc etc !

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  42. I welcome this review. I am one of those women who has paid full contributions. I have worked since the age of sixteen. We were not given the time to prepare for this.

    I have a small pension so I now only work part time. If I wasn’t in receipt of this I would struggle. But there is no fairness in this system. I am 64years old and still have to wait for my state pension. So good luck.

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  43. This is a much awaited response to the injustice some have received. The injustice is a Tory party further attempt at imposing austerity. Women have been discriminated against with out the chance to make arrangement to secure a financial stability. This has led to many of us living in poverty and not having financial security after paying into their own pension fund.

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  44. Thank you to everybody who has worked on this campaign.Let’s hope there is some light this Christmas for all 1950 s women !

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  45. At Last im so tired looked after my brother special needs don’t get much now but a great big thank you to all,Thanks to David Thanks to Mike Mansfield and Thanks to Ms Greenway,bless you all Eĺlen

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  46. Born December 1954 like many others still 2 hrs to survive before receiving what should rightfully be mine,I worked for this and the government misappropriated our money .
    Wishing David and the team well,fight hard for us,we deserve what’s rightfully puts out pension .

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  47. Wonderful news …thank you very much David .
    I never thought I’d have to struggle and find full time work at this age when I’ve paid my stamp for 40 years like so many of us . Fingers crossed for us ladies that justice will prevail.

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  48. Is there any event organised at time of the presentation.
    Fantastic news. I thought this was something we’d have to write off as just another injustice to older women

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  49. Thank you so much for doing this for us . I am 60 next April and at the moment I will have to wait another 6 years until I will receive this pension. Good luck.

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  50. Thank you so much for everything you are doing. I was born 1954 & still having to work in NHS . They have robbed us of a lot of money.

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  51. I am 62 (born June 56) and have been working since I was just 16 years old. By the time my State Pension is payable I will have been paying NI contributions for 50 years. I was not informed my retirement age had been extended twice. I am very grateful to the people who are taking this forward. I hope that Justice will be won

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  52. Great this is now being brought to attention we have worked all our lives and are now having to work extra 7 years in my case which in my case is just not possible for the work I’ve always done so I’m now off with ill health and no help by the time we get our state pention we’ll have no life left to enjoy

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  53. Fantastic news at last, women of the fifties have worked long and hard over the years and paid their dues, some are still at work, massive injustice.

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  54. David you are a star! We 50’s women need strong voice to get rid of this miscarriage of Justice. At least we are going in the right direction and being given more listening time.
    All the very best and a massive thank you.
    Eunice Sneddon

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  55. I’m a Carer and not working aged 62. REGISTERED partially sighted I can’t get benefits and have £65 a week to live on. I am now spending which was to be my old Age Pension from work a Private Pension if you like. Please ease share for Our Rights. I have paid in contributions since 15. Now I am suffering for the Greed of our Government. Its my money I want my money, I’m entitled to my money before I die.

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  56. I won’t get my pension until I’m over 66, now 62. Got a letter 18 months before I was 60 to advise of this so no time to make other arrangements. I live on my own, work full time to pay the bills and have just been told I am in Atrial Fibrilation and at risk of a stroke. My job is stressful but I can’t afford to stop. I feel ill most days – my pension would allow me to reduce my working hours and help me slow down and improve my health. I feel cheated – this situation would not have been tolerated by men

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  57. Thank you so much. I was “ lucky” that I was told my pension was increased in 2009 to 62 yrs and as I’d contributed 45 yrs, somewhat surprised. Then came the bombshell that I wouldn’t get until 67yrs. I was and still am in shock and disbelief. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all you are doing for us

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  58. I AM BEHIND YOU
    DWP patting themselves on the back about 10m views on their site for people looking at their pensions. I replied to the tweet with the following.
    Probably the 10million women who produced the next generation of kids to the detriment of their careers whose occupational pension is smaller than their male counterparts wondering how on earth they got shafted and won’t get their pensions to they are 66 🙄🙄

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  59. This is great news for us women who have suffered poverty at the hands of successive governments. Well done legal team for securing this opportunity for a hearing.

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  60. Thank you so much for the chance for our pension rights. I’m 59 and should retire next year. So hope they understand the arguments for back to 60.

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  61. A huge thank you David.it is only right and fair that women who have worked all their lives and contributed towards both tax and pensions should support this champagne

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  62. Thank you for taking our case forward David- thousands of women are relying on this to right a wrong that we have suffered and so far been ignored!

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  63. Thank you to everyone who is putting up this fight for us 50s ladies. This appalling injustice needs to be rectified. Having worked since the age of 15, brought up three children, and have been taking care of my disabled husband for over 20 years. I
    finally had to stop working to become his carer full time. I’m 61 so have many years to go to collect my state pension.
    Also my mum was of the working class generation who were encouraged to pay a reduced NI being told that their husbands NI would cover theirs. She like myself worked all her life, from the age of 14, during the war, brought up 3children too.
    She struggled financially, all of her life. Those last few year’s on a stupidly low pension. My mum passed away at the age of 64 from ovarian cancer, bless her.
    Successive governments have always treated working woman and men appallingly.
    Anything you can do to right this wrong and Keep going forward has my full support. Thank you again.

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  64. Thank you for the time your taking to help the 50s woman that are living without a pension and suffering real poverty.i look forward to hearing the out come

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  65. Thank you David , Paul Lewis and all the ladies and men campaigning on our behalf. Good luck Michael Mansfield, Jackie Jones et al.

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  66. I think it should be returned to 60 as most women are struggling to work past the age of 60 I am 62 at the moment I have arthritis in my knees and hands suffer with fibromyalgia and migraine and still have to hold down a job and find it very hard to keep working I’m sure there is many women like me out there

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  67. Thanks for all your hard work and for giving us some hope at last!
    I’m 61 and had to give up my job last year to look after my partner who was diagnosed with Prosrate Cancer and then suffered damage to his lungs as a result of the Chemo.
    Before this we both worked and were fairly comfortable but now, not only do
    we have the stress of his illness and expensive hospital Car Parking bills but we are struggling to keep up with our household bills. If I had my State Pension coming in we could just get by-however we are now slipping further and further into debt and it’s a downward spiral……
    Good luck and thanks again

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  68. Thank you David for fighting for us 50s ladies.
    I like a lot of these ladies have worked since the age of 15 and now I’m 63 Never claimed benefits just worked. I started my working life in the textile mills as a young girl I got married had my babies. At one stage in my life I worked part time mornings in a card factory then college afternoons to train to work in a office then part time evenings in a mill. I have another 3 years to work but I know I can’t do my stressful job for another 3 years. I don’t have good health and some mornings I have to drag myself to work. My husband is 68 when we got married our plan was he would retire at 65 and I would retire 60 in the same year until governments changed the goal post and never informed me. He is still working as he says he does not want to be home whilst I am having to go to work. I wish you well in all you are doing for us. Once again many many thanks.

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  69. Good Luck to Mchael Mansfield and his team and a hig Thank you for trying to end the 1950’s ladies misery.I havent had a life where i could save for a decent pension then meeting my second husband went self emoloyed due to recession etc and we have struggled and every day i hear friends tell me they are reetiring at 50 or 55 with huge pensiin pots.I sound jealous but it isnt.I would just be happy with what i am owed.

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  70. Thank those for all their hard and determined efforts in this fight. If we win it will improve the much needed finances for all of us affected. I await the outcome with greater hope than before.

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  71. I turned 60 this year after having worked 44 years. I need to work 6 more years now to be entitled to a full pension.I need to continue to work now the goverment has changed the goal post.once I reach 66 if anything happens to me what will the goverment do with my contributions. Pass on my spousal bit to my hubby as with private pensions. Don’t think so

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  72. Great news. Finally 50s women will be heard. Thank you. Successive governments have used the funds for other purposes such as enabling employers to avoid pay NI contributions etc. The government is guilty of discrimination with regards to 1950s women and indeed men by shifting the pension beyond 65.

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  73. Thank you David and all the ladies petitioning on our behalf. Physical work at 63 years old is so difficult. Bless you all for caring.

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  74. Thanks for all who are campaigning for our rights. nothing is going to compensate me for the extra years I am having to work with ill health.

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  75. Many thanks for your continued support of the 1950’s women’s plight David. Such a morale booster to have a date now for the JR – so many ladies are in dire straits having to wait such a long time for their SPA!! We look forward to justice being served – it’s only what is RIGHTFULLY ours xx

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  76. So frustrated we have all been robbed I was born 21/6/54 and don’t get my pension until March 2020 a disgrace thank you to all the women who are fights for us

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  77. If this had happened in any other Country there would be a public outcry. In this Country nothing and hardly any press coverage. This is so, so wrong.

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  78. Thank you David for your hard work on behalf of us 50s women. I had my 64th birthday in August, so have almost 2 years left before I can claim my state pension. I have worked since the age of 16 full time, with one break of 15 months when I had my son. Life has been a bit tough as son has autism and it has been a struggle to keep going with going to work and also caring for my son. I am now physically and mentally exhausted and have decided to retire in March 2019, with almost another 18 months to go before I am allowed my pension that I have paid into since 16 years old. I have every hope that the judicial review finds in our favour and we can be given our pension earlier. Again thank you for everything you are doing.

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  79. Thank you David.All your hard work is much appreciated.And maybe,just maybe the injustice meted out to all of us women who were born in the 50s ,esp after ’53,will be righted.

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  80. Hoping something will change after long campaigning. I get £200 per month private pension after leaving work aged 61 to look after my mum and have had several health problems myself. Worked since 16 years old. Will be 65 next January and get pension May 2019. Have lost over £45,000 in pension that should have been paid. Government say they can’t afford to back date but they always seem to find millions for things they want to fund. Feel sorry for women worse off than me who are on their own.

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  81. My wife has to wait until she is 66 not 60. A government saving of money she has paid in of approx. £40,000 multiplied by all the others.Disgusting and i bet the Mp,s are not struggling, hence they are not bothered! Keep the pressure on and make them stagger the years more fairly.

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  82. Let’s hope there is a favourable outcome and we get the justice we deserve. We have to spread this message far and wide because there are still many 50s women who have no idea what is going on. If you have a Facebook or other social media, I think it would be a good idea to share the “Back to 60” information. Do it now and spread the word.

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  83. So pleased this is happening. Hope the outcome is what we want. I was made redundant at 59 and have only managed to get temporary jobs via agencies…so three years in I am tired of leaving the house at 0730 each day and not getting home until after 1900. This week no pay as I have been off work ill. I would like the option to struggle on or retire…which is how it was supposed to work until 2020.

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  84. great news that the judicial review is happening on 30th November 2018. Fingers crossed.
    It is even more interesting now since LLOYDS BANK have lost their case this week in the High Court after being accused of SEX DISCRIMINATION AGAINST WOMEN regarding their pensions
    because they were increasing at a lower rate than their male colleagues so the courts have ruled that the pension trustees have a duty to amend the schemes in order to equalise benefits for men
    and women. this is a Landmark decision and proves again, the financial injustice against women and their pensions..

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  85. Excellent news, rightly we should be getting our pension at 60. Women like us did not have equal pay, only now, the subject of equal pay for both sexes are becoming a reality and still have a long way to go to
    catch up, so we certainly have been discriminated against, treated unfairly and the government should pay up immediately ( citing living longer is just a red herring!)

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  86. It really has put us in a terrible dilemma without any warning or attempt to plan ahead. I really hope they come to this realisation and step in to help

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  87. It doesn’t feel like cat n mouse so much now we have the judicial review Date. HOPEFULLY people who have already saved the powers that be a lot in caring for ill and other loved ones can t reat them or other members a little more which also is a valuable saving for those powers that ignored bullied and neglected 50s ladies for so long.Observing the treatment of ones senior citizens in this nasty way says more about the perpetrators than the victims who were robbed and castigated some sure left to die as a result from cold for example or just to dutifully die off which everyone knows can happen with ageing – how convenient to make tiny savings when compared to astonishingly Huge payments for everything including causes that didn’t have to wait too long or Even ask.

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    • At last a voice will be heard to speak out for a very poor pensioner.who is still having to work.and not in good health.thank you I look forward to hearing the out come .

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  88. This should apply for 60’s women too. How can my retirement age be changed when Ian 58 from 60 to 66. I dont see any teachers in the classroom my age. We are already discriminated against the young blood coming into the profession.

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  89. This would be a god send for millions of us ladies who have their Pensions STOLEN from them
    Let’s all keep strong and fight for what is rightfully ours. Thank you to all concerned in helping to right this terrible wrong x

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  90. I am sure the Government is guilty of nonfeceance by refusing to act. Elected members sign an oath to represent the people and be their voice. Waspi women have been subjected to financial abuse which further constitutes a safeguarding issue of older people, government guilty on so many levels. Police action next please.

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  91. Great News but remember this injustice applies for women born 1962. I have worked since 1979 that’s 40 years NI paid next year yet expect me to work for another 10 years……FUMING…… Politicians have so much to answer for. So many 50s and 60s women shafted.

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    • Of course you have reason to feel injustice – but this is amplified greatly for women born in mid 50’s. We didn’t even have equal pay. We were not allowed to pay into a private pension; it wasn’t offered to us. And there were so many other inequalities. Things improved a little bit between the late 60’s and the late 70’s.

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  93. Now we are back to square one. ..NI paid by 50s women who were promised thier pension at 60. ..they were not informed of the changes in state pension age. ..it’s all been brushed under the carpet. ..maladministration and discrimination laws broken by governments. ..50s women ignored. …the suffragettes will be turning in thier graves. ..shame on the government’s. ..

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  94. Fingers crossed this I believe is the last thing that could change this injustice If this doesn’t make a difference then I believe the fight is over it’s never gonna happen so I wish you guys all the best and hope we can get up the next tread of the ladder thank you for everything you guys are doing x

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  95. Please remember that not only have we paid NI contributions for 45 years plus but our employers did also. If this had been a private pension pot there would have been a criminal
    Investigation.

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  96. Thank you so much to everyone involved in getting this far, and for all the hard work, determination and unwavering support to the 1950’s women’s fight for their rightful pensions. At long last something meaningful is happening.Please let the judge see that our case is justified and backs us. 💜🤞

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