Permission granted: 50s Women win historic case to judicial review on pension rights

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50s women dancing in front of the Royal Court of Justice after the judge granted their request for a judicial review

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A High Court judge  yesterday gave the Back To 60 campaign permission to bring a judicial review against the Department for Work and Pensions over the raising of the pension age  for 3.8 million women born in the 1950s.

The Hon Ms Justice Lang – who is also known as Dame Beverley Ann Macnaughton Lang – ruled in favour of all the issues raised by barristers Catherine Rayner and Michael Mansfield on behalf of the women.

The ruling by the 63 year old judge obviously stunned the Department of Work and Pensions whose barrister, Julian Milford, asked for  66 days ( instead of the normal 14 days)  to prepare a fresh case against Back To 60. They were granted 42 days.

The  ruling means that a future  hearing BackTo60 have the right to argue their case that the government’s decision which affected the 3.8 million  women was both  a matter of  gender and age discrimination. In addition they can argue that the total failure of successive governments to review the arrangements to look at the hardship faced by many of the people made  matters worse.

As is stated on the lawyer chambers site:

” the taper mechanism used to raise the date on which women receive state pension, in combination with a failure to properly inform women of the changes was unlawful because it discriminates on grounds of sex, age and sex combined and age.”

Catherine Rayner told the judge that there had been no fewer than 60 changes to the date  when a 50s woman could get a pension  and that the main driving force for the government was to save money. She said the equivalent of £5.3billion had been taken from this group of women. She described it as an ” historic inequality ” which was made worse by the lack of knowledge among the women themselves  because the government never informed them directly about the changes.

Julian Milford for the DWP, admitted that this was part of a cost saving for the government but also said it was about equalising the pension age between men and women.

He argued that there should be no judicial review of this because it was about primary legislation which had been widely debated in Parliament in 1995 and it was far too late to call it into question.

He also argued that a ruling by the European Court  of Human Rights which meant that pensioners who had retired to Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa were not entitled to uprated pensions meant that the women had no case to ask for a judicial review about changing their pensions.

Both these points were rejected by the judge who said that even though the act was passed 23 years ago the fact that its impact was causing problems for the women now meant  the review could go ahead.

The government also revealed that the private pensions industry is  uneasy about the women winning their case because it could force them to pay out occupational pensions five years earlier to some women – if their contract with companies meant it was payable on the day they could collect their state pension.

As the 7BR website says:

“The hearing will allow a detailed examination of complaints made by made by women born in the 1950s, and championed by groups such as #backto60 and WASPIE, as well as their political representatives. The case raises legal questions about sex and age discrimination in the mechanisms chosen by government to implement a policy; the responsibility of Government to inform people of significant changes to State Pension entitlement and of the applicability of the EU directive on Equal Treatment in Social Security provision.”

My view is that it has significant implications for Westminster and Whitehall.

It means that a judge has quashed the views expressed by financial commentators  like  Frances Coppola and other people connected to the private pensions  and banking industry that there was no chance of a judicial review. It has also called into question the arguments they used over primary legislation and the  ECHR court ruling.

It will add to pressure on the Labour Party leadership to promise to do something for these women whose cause is championed  by Laura Alvarez, the partner of Jeremy Corbyn, and whose shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, is well aware of the issue, and predicted the women would win a review.

It will put enormous pressure on Amber Rudd, the new works and pensions secretary, who is already having to cope with the backlash over the mess caused by universal credit and will now have to seriously address the plight of the 50s women. It is also a  blow to the reputation of Guy Opperman, the pensions minister, who all but nearly misled Parliament by telling them that the judicial review had already been rejected.

And I am afraid the All Party Group on State Pension Inequality for Women in Westminster will have to buck their ideas up and come behind this review rather than seeking small sums of compensation for the affected women.  By taking this radical stand  and going for the jugular BackTo60 have shown the way. They have not won yet but they have got much farther than anybody thought.

 

 

 

 

 

119 thoughts on “Permission granted: 50s Women win historic case to judicial review on pension rights

  1. What a heartening step forward. Well done to the pioneers and legal team. Without David Hencke I would have a much less informed view of this issue that has affected me directly.

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    • We as people approaching 60 shouldn’t have to work till 66. Women’s health deteriorate quicker than men as their bodies gone through so much. And we are the child carers for our grandchildren whose parents have to work and cannot afford childcare.

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    • Women are exhausted working beyond 60 in most jobs. They are carrying out work that they began in their teenage years or early twenties. To give examples concentration physical work brain and cognitive function all reduce as we become older. Women maybe care givers to elderly parents and help with looking after Grandchildren whilst working full or part time. We were not given enough time to pay into work or private pensions to enable enough money would cover us froml 66 or older. I know many women who have left work at 60 plus many years before they receive the state pension and are trying to survive on a much reduced income. This is so unfair. Liz Faragher

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  2. Thank you for this, David….I know you were in Court yesterday, so saw and heard it all firsthand. We WILL win, David, even if Court Case goes against us, for somehow, we’ll bring this country to a standstill…We will NEVER give in, nor back down, nor allow this HEINOUS CRIME to continue, nor those accountable for it to be permitted to get away with it,.To learn though, that the main reason the PRIVATE PENSIONS INDUSTRY have been SO AGAINST us, throughout this time, many of their staff HOUNDING us on Twitter, calling us terrible names, making out we’re all lying, all greedy and selfish, in the hope that they will NEVER have to pay out 1950s women’s PRIVATE PENSIONS from 60, just beggars belief! They’ve EVEN tried to turn our children/grandchildren’s generation against us too…This is UTTER EVIL and these people should also be charged with Gross Negligence Manslaughter, in my view, along with EVERY politician and member of DWP who’ve gone along with the most HEINOUS CRIME against women in my lifetime, for many women on Twitter have been DEEPLY affected by the appalling things these vile people have been saying to us and about us….women who are, in many instances, already so deeply and darkly depressed that they can barely think straight any longer….

    Again, THANK YOU for this and for ALL the other mountain of research and informative blogs you’ve done for 1950s women, for BackTo60….It is SO appreciated. BIG hugs! xxx

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  3. As a 1950’s woman I am absolutely delighted that we are going to have our day in court. Successive governments have hidden behind equality laws, cherry picking those that would encourage the majority to demonise our situation. Misogynists, rife with bile, now seem to have been outed by Philip Alston, Rapporteur for United Nations, actually stated that the policies put in place over the past ten years, in the name of austerity, could not have dreamed up anything worse for the majority of women, who, he said, had been the most affected by all of the cuts. All women.

    Along with the information regarding how representatives have attended meetings regarding CEDAW, Equality Rights and Human Rights discussions and signed up to abiding by them and have in fact broke more than they have upheld. The State Pension being one, gender pay, Care Act 2014 supposedly put into place to help carers, the majority of who are …….yes you gused it women!!!

    I hope and pray that this opens the doors for other organisations to question detrimental to women legislation.

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  4. The changes to women’s pensions is immoral.
    The government changed the number of years to pay National Insurance from 30 to 35 years!
    I paid back National Insurance up to 30 years: I have just found out I have to pay 5 more years to get a full pension! I will get my pension in 4 months time when I am 65 years & 3 months- were they ever going to tell me I needed to pay 5 more years of National Insurance contributions to receive the maximum pension?
    I completed my forms online months ago & am still waiting to hear how much more I have to pay.
    If I don’t pay before March 2019, then I have lost the difference in pension payments, but I’ve done everything I’ve been asked to do but the pensions office is delaying informing me.
    The irony is, had I received my pension at 60- which was MY right, I would NOT have had to pay 5 more years NI contributions!!!!!!
    Who is going to stand up for is 3.9 million women?

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    • I have a letter from the Pension Sevice dated March 2012 advising that my pension age would be my 66th Birthday (born Dec 1954). The same letter states: ‘The numer of ‘qualifying years’ of paid or credited National Insurance contributions you need for a full basic State Pension has been reduced to 30 years.’ The goal posts just keep changing!

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      • I was also born in June 1954 (5th).
        My pension eventually pays out in December 2019, instead of my 65th birthday.
        OK, I’m male .. but we to have been discriminated by the pension age meddling.

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      • I received a similar letter in June 2012 stating that the qualifying years was 30. I had 32 years – it said I need do nothing. Found out by chance about it being raised to 35. Have managed to pay two lump sums of NI contributions (£750 approx each) from a meagre private pension pot which is almost gone. Will still fall short of full pension (three months short of 66th birthday) due to ‘contracting out’ (because I took out a private pension when briefly earning well). So doubly conned. It makes my blood boil. Thank you David Henke and all supporters of this calumny.

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      • I was also born in 1954 and had expected to receive my pension age 60. Because of this disgraceful discrimination I have had to take up another job which is very part time but all that my health will allow me to do. Sadly I am worse off than I would be if getting my pension as most part time work is very poorly paid. It’s high time that this government was held to account as it continues to discriminate against the poor and women!

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    • Hi
      What about the women who through working part time paid a reduced married woman contribution, being told they would be able to claim off their Husbands contributions. I have worked at least 40 years but on checking DWP web site I have only 27 years contribution. my Husband has 45+ years. surely some of these belong to me as promised.

      Eileen from Halifax

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  5. Congratulations David, this is yet another informative wee article (mind you’ve accidentally put “3.8 million wonder” instead of “3.8 million women” & duplicated “made by” in the 12th paragraph, but I digress, lol) 👍 We #50sBornWomen at #BackTo60 really do so appreciate you! Total Thanks (TT) #OneVoice

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  6. Absolutely brilliant!! Restored my faith in the judicial system 😉….a huge thank you to the barristers and all the tenacious ladies who kept on fighting THANK YOU xxxxxx

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  7. Thank you David for getting the information and analysis out to us so swiftly and providing a link to the transcript, gratefully received and posted out to all my contacts.

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  8. I am absolutely delighted with this outcome. I am just hoping the judicial review has such a positive outcome. I will be 64 in January and , like the many others, I only received a letter 2 years before my 60th birthday saying my SP age was now 64yrs and 10 months, then shortly after that another letter saying it would now be 66!!! I cried, how can that be fair or legal? A huge change like that should have been phased in over many years not bulldozed in and MPs parting themselves on the back. They should walk in our shoes. ….
    Thank you so much to everyone who is fighting our corner.

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    • I was 64 in October and am due to retire in September 2020 – three weeks before my 66th birthday. I never received any letters stating pension age changes, I looked up the changes online. My retirement age moved from 60 to 64 and then a double whammy when it changed again and moved to three weeks short of my 66th birthday. In all, just short of six years extra to work.

      Denise

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      • I’m just the same. went 64 in August and can retire a few weeks before my 66th birthday. I also have not had any notification of this. I had to look up om web site. it’s really disgusting. My Husband who is nearly 67 is still working as he says what is he going to do all day while I am working.

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  9. The maladministration goes further than not informing women properly because the governments that have been power failed to put in the correct legislation to ensure that work places provide a pension. That has only been enforced last year and some large companies get round that via zero contracts or very part time hours.
    All people should retire at 60 men and women. We are blocking jobs from the younger generations and are unable to care for elderley parents and grandchildren. I had come very depressed about this, but am vastly cheered! I am going to write again to my MP Karen Bradley who is the only MP who failed to hand in her constituency’s WASPI petition. Thankyou.

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    • Several years ago I emailed my MP to ask what his views were on this very subject, his assistant emailed back a few weeks later requesting my post code, I can only assume it was to check that I was one of said MPs constituents. 12 months later, having heard nothing I emailed again, still no response to this day. I can only assume he didn’t wish to give his views. Disgusting.
      1953 born and still working but very very tired..

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  10. I am one of the women affected. I wanted to retire at 60 to look after my mother who was ill and frail. I ended up working until I was 64 and 5 months. I could not get my state pension before then. I did get time with my mum. 5 WEEKS and then she died. Angry and sad
    Thank you to all the people who are pushing this forward. To the women who have protested thank you. To the people who are standing up for what is moral and right. Thank you

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  11. Well done all. A great step forward. Lets hope the goverment get a huge knockback on this one. I am feeling pretty vindictive at the moment having been told i have to keep my business going to enable me to pay class 2 self employed NI contributions until 2022 (my pension date) or lose around £20.00 a week off my pension for the whole of my retirement. This was despite having 38 years fully paid NI contributions. No proper explanation when i asked why had we all been informed that we needed 35 years worth to get our pension. Felt compleatly misled. Was more than a little supprised and very upset about this as i am finding it so tiring and was hoping to be able to slow down a bit.

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  12. They want to bring women in line with men for retirement but have they said that they will also reconcile the wage differences between 1950s woman and her male counterparts as the men earned more meaning that they could put more into thier their pension?

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  13. Thank you to all concerned who have protested I like many was born November 1954 and now need to work in a stressful job until November 2020 .

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  14. Thankyou David for your continued support and putting into words what is happening. I was born in 1956 and put in for retirement when I was 59 1/2 not realising I had to wait another 6 years for my state pension. I hope we can win because I don’t think 50s women will give up.

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  15. Just so so overwhelmed that you have got us ladies a step further to win our battle. After losing my husband to Cancer 11 years ago at the age of 49 and getting Cancer myself once in 2010 and a different Cancer in 2015 always worked up until then I hope I will be here to see a happy ending to this outrageous unfairness the government has put us ladues of the 50s in I am 62 next birthday so.please please keep fighting for us xx

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  16. Thankyou David for all of your help and support. Governments should have realised that there would not be employment for people of our age! and then not to give us any support is disgusting! How would they like to be in our position! But of coarse, they make sure they are alright!!!

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  17. A well deserved outcome for all of the women who have been treated as if they don’t matter & had had their money taken from them illegally. Laws have been broken & it was assumed that women would not fight back.
    Thankyou to all those who have made it possible for this to happen & given hope where it was needed.

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  18. Thank you David for your clear explanation on the position of the Judicial Review and thank you for all your research and investigation into the 1950s women’s pension scandal. This injustice is so huge, total maladministration and mismanagment and not just failure to inform women of the changes but misleading information (Govt websites in 2016 still informing women they retired at 60 years of age, Job Centres giving the same information.) Many women made life-changing decisions before knowing of the changes to their pension ages but many of their husbands and partners did too. Some husbands and partners were being made redundant during the austerity cuts and making their choices on their redundancy and early retirement based on believing their wives, partners had their pensions at 60. So many organisations and companies were not even aware also of changes and advising their retirees accordingly. So many in this position made uninformed decisions on their futures which has compounded the already critical situation for women. We will never give up. Thank you.

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  19. Great news. My pension age has moved twice but at no point have I received any notification. I know many women for whom this has caused hardship because their ability to pay into a private pension was affected by years spent child rearing whether full or part time. It is still mainly women who arrange their lives around their families, who give up work to look after relatives, and whose earnings and therefore pensions are adversely affected. We deserve a better deal.

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  20. Leaving everything else to one side, the Barber judgement in 1990 ruled that rights to occupational scheme benefits had to be equal between men and women. This has been underscored by the recent Lloyds ruling.
    Regardless of any ruling in this Judicial Review, that principle will not be affected.

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  21. Thank you for all your support but was wondering if you could answer something for me .
    I was born 1955. 2 pension people told me l would be 65 from 1995 act but there was a paper artical in the guardian 6th October 2009 with David Cameron stateing from 2010 /2020 women’s pension age goes up by one year every two that’s proves l was going to be about 63 from the 1995 act as many other women have said
    but then they brought in 2011 act which gave me an extra 3 years not 18 months as government keep saying
    If l was going to be 65 from 1995 act and was born 1955 that’s would mean the 1995 act was done between 2010 to 2015 and they did not need to bring forward the 2011 to 2016
    Women born 1950 retires 2010
    Me 5 years younger get mine 6 years later how can that be fair .
    Thanks

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  22. Many thanks to all involved in this fight for the 50s generation of women. We who left school at 15 and 16 and worked for years on lower pay than male workers; we were denied access to further education (eg all females and I was one, were denied day release to take insurance exams at a well known insurance company; working for a nationalized industry I was then denied progression on to the HNC, after doing very well on the ONC in Business Studies, simply because in the interim period I had married). Again all of this contributed to women earning less than men because promotion was barred to them due to the qualifications issue. The Married Women’s stamp further penalised women further down the years. Private pension arrangements favoured male workers compared to women. Women worked and have been the primary carers for children, dependants, elderly and sick relatives, saving the government a fortune. They have found that there was and still is discrimination against women over the age of 50 today in the workplace, unless the work does not pay well and is part time. Many have to struggle with health issues, including life threatening cancers and other conditions but still have to work somehow as many of these will not have the cushion of a private pension that many men of their generation were able to take aged 60…. the list goes on. If this was really about gender inequality then these women should be receiving compensation for years, decades even, due to the blatant inequalities they have suffered. Then to add insult to injury government has not informed these women in time for them to make suitable arrangements, could they even do so, to somehow prepare for, not one, but two changes to the state pension age. Most women have more than met the required number of years but apparently overpaying is irrelevant. Some I have known have died before being able to draw their pension. Shame on the MPs who have not supported those female constituents who have been robbed of what was rightfully theirs. We should have a list of them and take action to unseat them at the next available opportunity. Equalizing pensions – rubbish!

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  23. Just a big thankyou to all those who are fighting for us 50s born women.
    I was born 1958.pension due 67yr.
    By the time I get there they will try and move the goalposts again.it has to stop so we can enjoy what life we have left and not have to continue working in till maybe the day we die.

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  24. Well done for keeping the pressure on!! Already done much more for us 50’s baby girls than anyone thought possible. Praying that justice will prevail and we win the fight against this totally unjust system. I am 63 now so have missed out on thousands of pounds of my entitlement already with still another 3 years to wait!!!!!

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  25. Thank you Mr Hencke for this article which shows the depth and the travesty that is being currently inflicted on myself and all the women affected by 60, did I read that right these 60, changes to pension arrangements. Buried deep in small print, how were women kept informed, not at all. Certainly not me. The DWP, subsequent Governments since ’95, Pension Companies are at last being called to account. Thank you Hon Justice Lang.

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  26. Thank you so much to everyone who is fighting on our behalf. This is hopeful news. I am fast approaching 63 and I am beginning to suffer with terrible pain in my knees, back and wrists. Working I. Education is so demanding both physically and emotionally. It’s difficult getting through each day. My Dad passed away at 69 having worked hard all of his life and my Aunty passed away at 59. I am so afraid that if I work until I’m 66 the same thing will happen to me. My husband is 7 years older than I so I really worry what quality of life and how long we will have left together. I have worked since I was 15.i think I have done more than my share just like other ladies born in the 50s. God bless you and thank you for fighting for our lives .

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    • Guy Opperman did say it had been refused. He went on to say there was a new application that is correct. What he should have said is that there had been a new application and it had been granted for a hearing on November 30. That has been known for some time.

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  27. I was born in December 1956 l started work when l was 15 years of age, l needed to retire when l was 60 years l was informed that l would have to work till l was 66 can anyone please tell me why. I still have to work another 4 years l have paid my national insurance contributions. My friend retired at 60 years of age with a full pension she had not worked for years has a bus pass. I feel so upset that l have to work when others don’t.

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  28. Thank goodness for all involved. I hope the 50’s women win this case. An injury at work 3 months after my 60th Birthday, has left me poverty stricken on JSA/ESA.

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  29. Briilant I was born in 1957 and was never told of the changes i have to work another 5 years and have arthritis in both hips i hope and pray they can help us women born in the 1950s.

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  30. Thank you so much to all involved in – fighting for truth, justice and humanity, its great to have some good news in these troubling times

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  31. Thank you to everyone involved in helping us, I’m a dec 1954 baby and have to wait another two years getting old and worn out 🙁

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  32. I think this is great news , as for them saying they wanted it to be in line with men !! Well during work life we are not in line with men – equal pay !!!
    I am one of born in the fifties and I suffer with dark depression and anxiety – I have worked from age of fifteen with a Saturday job then full time , and still no pension

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  33. I have been affected mentally, physically and socially by this underhand raising of the pension age, I have had profound health issues negatively affected by this. I have had to use my minimal savings in place of my anticipated and planned pension contribution to my budget. I now live in a caravan with No fixed abode status while teaching as a private tutor. I am unable to get full time paid teaching jobs at the age of 64 with my health issues. It is a constant lonely struggle to try to keep above my overdraft limit as I do not appear to qualify for any assistance as I am in a caravan. I have had to cancel appointments to hospitals in Manchester since I am based in Reading and can not afford to either drive or take the train. I have a serious life threatening condition. I, like all the women concerned, have spent my life being given fewer opportunities and being paid less for the same work as men. I feel desperate and have considered the suicide way out of this awful situation I have spiralled down into due entirely to the callous cavalier way the government steamrollered the ramping up of pension age. Presumably we are the easy target, we will take it lying down. Well how proud I am of these wonderful women and supporting men who have taken the fight to the courts. Thank you, You give me hope.

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  34. Incredible progress in what was thought to be a lost cause. Some women have had to remain in work much longer than they had expected, some had to give up and accept a reduced pension for when it would become payable. I agree that the whole system was set up at much too short notice and is inequitable. The women affected have a right to be heard and to be compensated for their losses. Whilst I am one of them, being in the first group of those affected, I was still able to survive but other slightly younger friends are forced to work way beyond their expected age and in some jobs and professions this is unfair and impractical. Younger women won’t even be able to retire with time to rest as their reward. Equality with men may be on the cards but ensure fair notice for all to allow proper financial planning and perhaps longer holidays during their working lives.

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  35. What great news for all women in their 60’s robbed by the government who give themselves huge amounts of money to do this !

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  36. This is excellent news. I can add to the list of discriminations by advising that I personally have been additionally discriminated against in having my child in 1974. I am 2 years missing in National Insurance contributions as i had my boy, looked after him and suffered severe post natal depression leading to 2 weeks in hospital with 6 sessions of ECT. The regulations changed so that in 1978 women receiving child benefit could be given credits to cover unpaid NI contributions. I was not allowed any credits as my 2 missing years were before 1978. And so I am yet again discriminated against. My husband at the time abandoned the marriage when my son was 15 months old so the struggle was continuous and all he paid us was £5 per week until my son finished full time education. He never defaulted on the £5 but £5 in 1976 was a far different valuation as the years passed. Discrimination has been a way of life for so many of us 1950s ladies so it is truely excellent news that the review has been allowed. I only hope that as a group we will be successful and this discrimination against us will be rectified.

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  37. This is excellent news. I can add to the list of discriminations by advising that I personally have been additionally discriminated against in having my child in 1974. I am 2 years missing in National Insurance contributions as i had my boy, looked after him and suffered severe post natal depression leading to 2 weeks in hospital with 6 sessions of ECT. The regulations changed so that in 1978 women receiving child benefit could be given credits to cover unpaid NI contributions. I was not allowed any credits as my 2 missing years were before 1978. And so I am yet again discriminated against. My husband at the time abandoned the marriage when my son was 15 months old so the struggle was continuous and all he paid us was £5 per week until my son finished full time education. He never defaulted on the £5 but £5 in 1976 was a far different valuation as the years passed. Discrimination has been a way of life for so many of us 1950s ladies so it is truely excellent news that the review has been allowed. I only hope that as a group we will be successful and this discrimination against us will be rectified. I have just been told this is a duplicate comment and i have already said this. NO IT ISNT. NO I HAVENT. CANT I EVEN HAVE MY SAY NOW ???

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  38. A huge step forward 1950s women let’s hope we are successful in ending this gross injustice. Many thanks for all the support the 1950s women are receiving.

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  39. I have paid 48 years full National Insurance. !!!! I am very proud of you who are fighting for our rights. I have been a supporter both groups. I am a Waspie. I am not being greedy just asking for what I was promised. THANK YOU ….

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  40. I took early retirement (born 1957) age 59, then found out 6 months later, that because I worked for police and they were opted out of SERPS, I was told I needed to work another 5yrs to get a full state pension. I already have 44 yrs full national insurance contributions and they want me to work another 5 yrs, meaning 50 yrs working to get full state pension, its a joke. I left school at 15 and worked ever since, where has all the money gone I have paid in, I would be dead if I have to work another 5 yrs, that would please them as they wouldn’t have to pay me anything. I am so angry at the way we have been treated, my good friend died February, she was the same as me worked all her life, she’s not getting her pension, where has the money gone?

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  41. When you think about how much money has gone into negotiating Brexit, to no end, the amount taken from women pales into insignificance. At the root of it all in the corridors of power is the deep-rooted mysoginistic view that women of the fifties should have been good little women and secured a future through their ‘hubbies’. And now we learn that the private pensions sector are ‘uneasy’ because the neat little ‘fix’ their mates sorted out for their greed-induced pension pot black hole might not work after all. I am so proud of the backto60 movement and quite sure that this is just the beginning of a rising tide of citizens who have had enough of twenty first century serfdom.

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  42. As a women born on 1955 I give Heartfelt thanks to all for not giving up on the cause of all 1950’s women. You have given us hope that all is not lost. Thank you

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  43. I am unable to claim support as I have a small private pension and finding it very difficult to live on £440 per month and not able to claim state pension for another 3 years. If the pension was paid at 60yrs I would be able to keep my home and live a normal life , I hope this decision is successful and we get our pension soon .

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    • I agree I was born in 1960. I have already paid in enough ni to receive maximum pension. All extra ni I pay goes elsewhere. I cannot increase my pension but have to carry on working and paying more ni till I reach 67!! 🤔 Age 60 is old enough to retire. Give the young school leavers more opportunity to get a job! Give us a few years to enjoy whatever number of years we have left. No one knows how long we have on this planet. Give us chance to receive back some of what we have paid in.

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  44. A big thank you to all who has helped us 1950s women, so thrilled with the outcome, I am in ill heath and have to rely on my husbands pension hope all turns out well can’t thank you enough for getting us this far

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  45. I too am a woman in my 60s (born in 1957). I currently have paid into the scheme of over 40 years in NI contributions, but not only have I been prevented from getting my State Pension at age 60 because of the changes ( or should 8 say theft?!), but the Government website now states that I need to make further contributions to get a full State Pension at age 66.

    That is impossible because I do not have any paid employment, and unfair in the extreme. The Government trumpets that to get a full State Pension requires ‘only 35 years of conributions’! So with that in mind, does anyone at DWP very read or listen to the nonsense they currently spout? Moreover, does anyone understand true equality or even contractual rights and obligations?

    I want the pension I paid in for and understood that I would get at age 60, so I thank all of those who are fighting this dreadful and unjust stuation. Keep challenging the inequality!
    Katie

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  46. Well done.
    What I can’t understand is why the BBC is giving this cause virtually no coverage. Most women of our age had low paid jobs and little chance of gaining the same wage as our partners. We still see women of today fighting for their equal pay.

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  47. Brilliant it’s so bad this I’m very upset as I live in Spain and was really relying on my pension it’s 6 years they have tool from me

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  48. I am a 50s woman robbed of my state pension and am so proud of all the #backto60 women, we have fought a hard battle and we will not back down we want what is rightfully ours and we won’t settle for anything less. If as we have been told this robbery of our SP is in the name of Equality why not bring men’s retirement age down to 60? It’s because it’s not in the name of Equality and it never was!!

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  49. My state pension age has been increased three times to 66 (born 59). If we ALL registered for jobseekers allowance for six months in order to get the National Insurance credit (even if we were not allowed to claim any money) the job centres & DWP would be overwhelmed. We might be able to sign on for 6 months every year to get the credit which would seriously increase unemployment figures etc etc.

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  50. I need to be involved as I am one of the millions of women born in the 50 s and had to suffer financial stress anxiety and disappointment working a lifetime still not able to have my well earned state pension til 6 months after being 65

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  51. This is brilliant news. I was born in 1954 and worked since I was 16. My retirement at 60 was raised to 65years and 6 months.

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  52. This is brilliant news. I was born in 1954 and worked since I was 16. My retirement at 60 was raised to 65years and 6 months. At 49 I had heart surgery and a stroke. I had to go back to work after 2 years. I took early retirement at 57 as I was getting very tired. My husband has been expected to keep me ever since. My family suffers with a congenital heart condition and I didn’t want to die before I could enjoy my retirement.

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  53. Thank you so much. Your constant battle to win justice for the 50’s female babies is appreciated more than you will ever know. I was born in August 1954 so you can imagine my disapointment of adding on so many years with no notice. This was greatly unfair and has affected too many lives. With out you we would hear nothing.

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  54. well we have been deadly ripped off, so if all the banks, etc who have ripped people off have had to repay people what has been improperly taken from them, and are having to pay back, with interest too, then that it what our government can do too.

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  55. Don’t forget the knock on effect of these pension changes on other entitlements causing even greater discrimination and financial hardship. Where I live in West Lancashire women are no longer entitled to free train and bus passes as WLBC have linked entitlement to state pension age !

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    • The change in free bus passes applies to all of the UK, not just your council.
      Are you aware that Ireland, Wales, Scotland & London give free travel from the age of 60?
      It is only ENGLAND who only give travel benefits when you receive your pension. How unfair!!!

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  56. When the pension rules changed I was undergoing a year of cancer treatment; at the same time they stopped my State disability benefit. The chemo caused permanent heart damage which prevented me returning to work so I had no income at all and could not save more into a private pension. Stuck in a cleft stick for 9 years I had to live off my retirement savings until I was old enough to get my state pension this month, at age 65. I did have sickness insurance, but it stopped at the old pension age of 60. It was a financially crippling experience (we had to sell our family home to release equity) – fortunately I had enough NI in the bank to get a full pension when the time came. I hope there will be some kind of retrospective compensation.

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  57. This is brilliant news and hopefully we will win this one . After all this is something we all paid into as well as our employers . In my eyes it was a contract between us and the government and they have breached that contract. It was like a savings that we should have been able to draw out when we were 60 not wait until we are 66 . It’s making life so hard for lots of women and it’s just not right

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  58. I am so grateful for alll the hard work you and others have gone to to finally get our position looked at. I have a question in that I started work in a June 1972. I was born in 1955 do I have to continue to contribute until I retire which I understand is now in 2021. I have worked 46 years and have contributed for 46 years!!
    Thank you
    Janet Adams .

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  59. I think this is shocking!! That they didn’t warn us earlier that this was going to happen, I was born in 1957 & have to wait until I’m 66 until I get state pension. I believe that I have been done out of around £30,000. Times

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  60. The powers that be thought that we women would just take this lying down . Well we have shown them we are strong and we will fight for our rights. Well done to all concerned for the effort that has gone into this campaign

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  61. I would like to bring to the attention of those against giving us women our pension that most of us are on the menopause and are trying to work whilst surviving on 2hrs a night sleep so for all the men against us getting our pension it’s sexism

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  62. As a Woman with Chronic Comodibitites whose State Pension has been deferred Twice …… I can now sleep again at night!
    A huge thanks to The Back to 60 Campigners and Crowdfunders & David Hencke!

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  63. Hi I live in Australia and I am 62 , I worked full
    Time in the Uk from 1972 until 2004 please can you advise me
    When I might receive a Uk pension thanks

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    • Hi good question, I would think I am afraid in four years time as the pension age rises to 66 in 2020. As you live in Australia it won’t be uprated but frozen at the rate they pay you then.

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  64. The core of this awful situation is that in order to be treated equal in retirement women should have had the opportunity to prepare for retirement equally. Women born in the ’50d did NOT have that opportunity. Many jobs were not even open to women to apply for and many were declined access to a pension scheme for various reasons beyond their control. It is not saving money as most women have paid all that they were allowed to, into the system and were not informed in time that they needed to make other arrangements if they wanted to retire at 60 rather than the 66 or so. Money has been paid in for that purpose so it is only just that it is paid out to women fairly.

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  65. Does this mean we “50’s “may get back the 5 or 6 years monies we had to work after reaching 60 .
    I officially retire March 2019 and I still have to pay to go to work . It would be nice to hear your views.
    Thankyou

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  66. Well done!
    This is a massive injustice to women. We are missing out on hard earned pensions!
    Thank you for all your efforts.

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  67. This is a good victory but leads to an even bigger question. There is a reason why women were allowed to retire at 60. Women tend to enter “caring” professions which are extremely physical and tirering then, as surveys and reports show they tend to carry responsibility for the majority of home “caring” as well as the childbearing etc. In effect working women are undertaking more than 1 job. Is it unfair then to allow them to retire at least from “paid” work at 60 especially those undertaking physical jobs when their bodies have simply had enough.

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  68. I have just been reading comments from other people regarding the amount of years required to enable a person to claim state pension. I am confused. If women have been working since leaving school at (for example) 18 and carried on working through having and bringing up children (not to mention those who don’t have children) surely they will have paid “in” for 30+ years by the time they are 60. This being the case, any further monies they “pay in” by working past those 30 years is theirs and by refusing to pay out through the pension system, the government and any subsequent governments are guilty of theft.

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  69. 2 weeks after my 60th birthday I broke my back in 3 places at work. Turns out I have osteoporosis and arthritis, (to add to the diabetes and cataracts forming…)
    If I had retired at 60, this would not have happened. So I lost my job, (they made me redundant) and for 4 months I have been recovering on Universal Credit. U/C is worked out very unfairly. I have had a total of £216 from them since 13th August. My next payment is 29th DEC. My rent alone is over £600 per month. Can anyone do the maths?
    Yes, in the few months since I have NOT been able to retire, my health has deteriorated immensely, and my finances are shot. I am now in debt to everyone….several thousands of pounds. ALL BECAUSE I COULD NOT RETIRE AT 60.
    And once recovered I have to find a new job. Who wants to take on a lady nearing retirement in failing health?

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  70. This is great news that there will be a judical review. Good work by all involved. I know this is still an early stage in a long process.

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  71. Yes lets have Justice for the 2,8 million woman who have, lets face it money and time of life stolen from them, and also there Husbands, Partners, and The rest of there families lives being changed .A travesty of justice, and if a change of government occurs, this has to be still be addressed.

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