Claim Granted: Campaign Film on the fight by 3.8 million women born in the 1950s to get back their pensions

The fight by 3.8 million women born in the 1950s. Film by Jasper Warry and Hello Deer Productions

This up beat film rightly pitches the mood of a generation of women who are not going to lie down and lose tens of thousands of pounds each because of a cruel, incompetent government which thought it could get away with raising the pension age without telling them.

It is a worthy rebuke to George Osborne, the multi millionaire former Tory chancellor and editor of the Evening Standard who once boasted about the removal of the benefit:

“I’ve found it one of the less controversial things we’ve done and probably saved more money than anything else we’ve done.

Instead he has left the Department of Work and Pensions with a multi million pound legal bill and that’s only for starters. If the women win it is going to be one of the most costly decisions George Osborne has ever made.

71 thoughts on “Claim Granted: Campaign Film on the fight by 3.8 million women born in the 1950s to get back their pensions

  1. I knew that I would not get my state pension until I was 64 and 3 months in my early fifties and although I wasn’t happy with it I understood the thinking behind it. I wasn’t, however, happy when I was penalised for a 2nd time when it was put back 18months to 65 and 9 months. I worked from 15, brought up triplets, afer paying for fertility treatment ourselves, had 6 years off conceiving and looking after them but worked on a self employed basis during those 6 years, then went back to work and retired at 58. I feel truly stuffed!!!

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    • I’m glad you were informed early but many of us were not, But that aside, why should we be discriminated against by a 6 plus year hike and one year for men. Would have been a better idea to bring men down to 62 and women up to same, in my opinion, but we were told throughout our working lives our state pension payable at 60.

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    • Yes, I was the same as you. I understood that my pension age had been increased to 63 but then there was a second increase – currently stands at 66 and who knows where it will end. That was when I started to realise that politicians have a different understanding of the word “honesty” to the rest of us. George (formerly Gideon) Osborne has a lot to answer for. I remember once saying, when I had heard he had changed his name, there is something to be wary of when someone chooses to change the name they were born with. Well, seems to be only to true with him.

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  2. This film is brilliant..
    Well done everyone and thank you David.
    I worked on Saturday’s at the age of 14
    Plus a paper round in the week,
    Then full time from the age of 15 .
    Brought up 3 children on my own after my divorce, my ex husband will get his full pension but I won’t as I had to work part time when my children were younger..

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  3. Thanks to everyone for their help and support in getting this far, maybe Maggie might help us with decisions she made, hope it does help. Like others I’m angry that we weren’t told not that the age changed.Perhaps DWP should capitulate and save the millions it is costing, would make sense to me.

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  4. If you are a multi millionaire , then I guess saving money by depleating the not so well off of much needed income, you will never know how much that loss means to these ladies and their families.
    You cannot not appreciate the hardship removing their pensions has caused.
    Nor would it seem you have any compassion for those struggling for extra years.
    This is their money which has been stolen from them and should be returned.
    Therefore if this is one of the best savings made at the cost of others then shame on you Mr multimillionaire Osborne.

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  5. Is there any mention of 1960s women in the vid? As a 1961 born I have put time, money and effort in to the campaign and would be sad to be ignored even tho I have got used to being excluded. I did hope Back to 60 meant a return to age 60 as was promised to me and my sisters when we set off on our adult lives. Many do not know they have to work until 67 and many don’t have any company pensions. In other words, they have been brought up in the same world as 1950s born..

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    • I’m with you on this being born in 1961 too. I don’t remember ever receiving any formal notification of age changes. I’ve been looking forward to 2021 for the last 40 years!!! More now as my health has been failing since the 80’ and I’ve been unable to work for the last 5 years. What chance does a 58 year old with ill health stand in getting a a job to make ends meet.

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      • Sorry to hear your story Janice. If it is any solace, you are not alone. A double whammy for us is though that the campaigns concentrate on “1950s women” and makes us who are born just outside that decade, feel doubly ignored and persecuted. The Govt didn’t care which decade we were born in when it came to stealing our pensions and lives! Many women of our age started work at 16 thinking they’d retire at 60 and were never notified that 7 years had been added = 51 years of work. It’s not as if we had equal pay or private pensions. Many won’t make 67. Very unjust and yet virtually nobody talks about it. Really does need an overall look at pensions to make it fair for all including those whose retirement is way in the future.

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    • I found out 8 weeks before I turned 60 when I called the Pension Office myself. I was transferred from pillar to post for ages because 20 years of cowardly governments (all of them, Labour, Tory/LibDem coalition then 9 godforsaken years of Tories) kept it quiet as no-one wanted to be the one to say “you’ve another 6 years to wait” and have that as “their legacy” like that was more important!) instead they left it to the poor Pensions staff and none of them wanted to say it either. 50s women, 60s women, we’re all in this together. The judicial review will affect everyone. Meantime just tell every 60s woman you meet. I’m 64 now, it’s been a long, hard 4 years, I just wish the Govt had told me a lot sooner – or at all even! Best regards. x

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    • Thank you for this. We will not give up , shame as a lot have died from the beginning of this injustice to 1950s women who were not informed. 🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝

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      • Like many i have had 6 years added to my pension age. Governments changed goal posts. And this not a benefit. I paid into it fromv15 years old and promised my pension at 60 years old. Like thousands.

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  6. So proud of everyone of you, if you win this for us i will be eternally grateful, I have done my bit, time to let the younger generation take over

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  7. I thought I would retire at 60. I worked all my life (45 years to date) and due to divorcing I am surviving on one wage. I feel exhausted. I suffer from anxiety and depression but have to work until I’m 66. I have an Nhs pension but still have to work to make ends meet. The changes in my pension were a shock and were not implemented fairly. I feel lucky compared to others that I have a pension which i have worked hard for but i still feel cheated out of a huge amount of my state pension

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  8. Thanks for the info David. Really pee’d off that there is no coverage on news media. If it was’ t for you we would feel that no-one was caring. Though I am still not holding my breath. It’s funny that the government call find billions when they want to to suit their agenda!!!! 😫😫

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  9. Total Thanks @DavidHenke for all your help with your brilliant investigative reports/excellent records/blogs re we #50sWomen being deliberately denied our (albeit meagre) State Pensions, by successive govt’s intentional “mismanagement” of y/our NI funds! Your assistance is very greatly appreciated by us all! #OneVoice #BackTo60 #Justice You’re a true gem! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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  10. Wow! What an informative and encouraging film. I realised that support had been growing from various quarters but I didn’t know how varied – Amnesty International! It also makes me so proud of all the people who are fighting for us and I am proud of all us 50s women. We have conducted ourselves with dignity and tried to engage with the government who behaved as bullies . I hope the decision comes soon and that the DWP is held to account for its almost unbelievable attitude to hard-working women. Please oh please let the judges see the effect of the speed of the changes, it is reassuring to me that I am not alone with the dark thoughts I have had. How I struggle to get by using the tiny bit of savings which were for my retirement. I have never had much money but I am struggling now.
    Thank you to everyone for highlighting our cause.

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  11. We just need to have the frozen pension policy scrapped for true justice to over 500,000 qualified pensioners who never get the indexation which is part of the pension but denied by the government insisting that an agreement is needed to allow them to pay it. This is rubbish as it is a domestic policy issue and nothing to do with another country’s government. THAT HAS BEEN UPHELD BY LIES AND DECEIT FOR far too long and cost has BEEN PUT FORWARD AS THE REASON WHICH IS JUST ANOTHER LIE.

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  12. Thank you for helping us,the government have robbed us with no letters from them, worked since I was fifteen, feel so angry about this, it’s our money. Never see any coverage about this, we need to be heard.

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  13. I retired early to move nearer to my family to look after grandchildren, so my daughter and husband could work.Thinking that in two years time at 60 I would get my pension.Now turning 65 I still have to wait another year to receive it.We have had to manage all that time on my husbands pension.So decided to down size to be able just to afford to live reasonably.We don’t have holidays This is not the retirement we planned.I worked all my life as well as caring for my elderly mother until she died at 90.Thank you for all your hard work and for the help you have given to this cause.If we do receive after all which was rightly ours it would make such a difference to our last years.

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  14. An amazing, informative piece on Back to 60’s campaign to get 50’s women their rightful dues by having paid in to a promised State Pension. It is not a benefit, it is our money taken away at short notice without notice by DWP who obviously thought we 50’s women would put up and shut up. Little did they know! May Justice prevail.
    Thank you so much to David Henke for your enthusiastic journalism on this.
    Thank you to Michael Mansfield QC and his legal team, thank you to Yvette Greenway, Jo Welch and all 50’s Women who supported this Campaign. I would so loved to have been there but I would have needed a carer to come with me. I can’t afford the cost that I would have had to pay for a carer for the day!

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  15. As an exhausted 65 year old with another six months before my latest pension age, it will be a minor miracle if I make it. If I had known this at the time of my divorce I would not have forfeited my share of his workplace pension. Caring for my 15 year old grandson and working and add that to my arthritis I try not to be but I feel rather bitter.

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  16. We are not going away. This has left women of my generation I’ll with worry who has worked hard all their lives paying NI. We want the money we are entitled to.

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  17. I like many have had to work an extra six years in fact I will be two months off 66 and working with poor health. I truly hope we win this fight as the many of us who helped build this country by raising the children single handedly so that the males of our era could benefit, we can finally rest with justice… while George Osbourne took away our future he gave himself and all MP’s and Parliament wacking pay rises. Every year these robbing theives give themselves more pay rises so every year they rob us again! Allbeit NHS and all public services, the poorest of the country sit and suffer while those fat cats prune themselves on is

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  18. Many thanks to all our lovely warriors who’ve got us this far.
    I have a friend born Feb1950. I was born Dec 1954. I started paying NI in 1972. She started paying NI 1979 (long story). She got her pension at age 60. I will get mine aged 66. By that time I will have paid in around 13 years more NI – for the same amount each week… ⚖️? Not her fault. Shame on the govt 🤬

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  19. I am a moderator for #BackTo60!! 63 years old, 9 months homeless, but given a property recently!! I work full time in airport service agent for PRM (passengers with reduced mobility) plus do shifts in local nursing home to make ends meet!! This group has completely changed my life!! Before, it was all about ME… my struggles, my sleepless nights worrying over finances.. my thoughts often very dark!!!!! “Why bother even going on??”….. but having joined #BackTo60, I find another 3.8 million women thinking the very same thing!!! So, sleeves rolled up… suit of armour adorned… and I have joined the army of female soldiers on our way to fight the fight to victory, gathering support and voices on our way!!! David once fought Goliath, and look what happened…. now “Davina” V Government…we shall rejoice in the glory of Victory!!!

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  20. Brilliant very well done 👍 I’m a 1957 baby 👶 should have had my state pension lJuly 2017 still waiting as you know. Keep up the good fight your doing a great job!, Good luck with judicial review 🤞🤞

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  21. Thank you to everyone for getting us this far. We 1950’s women deserve better! We have been discriminated all our lives – justice must be done. We will never give up the fight – they picked on the wrong group!

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  22. Thank you for highlighting our plight.
    1.pension funds were mis appropietly invested or failure to increase in line with inflation x 40 yrs.
    2.why is uk continuing to pay eu pensions who approx input same contribution x 40yrs for eu pensioner like in germany to receive £520 per wk compared to uk pensioner 128 per wk
    3.where are all those feminists gone?
    4.why has government defrauded women born 50s who worked longer hrs contribute to young n older care
    5.why have forces women x 3 services done the time been denied pension because of ageism in youth .
    6.if paid correct pension free tv licence.bus fares or concessions would not be lifeline as able to purchase.
    7.when and why have pensions been stuck in a benefit system?its not benefit..
    8..why have so many foreigners with no stamp or contributions to qualify got FULL PENSION. Surely they should be in benefit system for support.
    9.what is happening to bereved pension?

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    • So true. Since the 70s (at least) family reunification of elderly parents and grandparents who had never worked a day in Britain in their lives got a full pension on arrival – the money we as young workers paid in – no wonder the NI fund ran out!

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  23. I would like Ian Duncan Smith to be made accountable for the lies he told the media. He sat on TV, assuring widows like myself that the group of 50’s women would have special transitional consideration, to stop them losing the right to their husband’s contributions. This was back in 2016. What happened complete pack of lies – lost all rights to my late husbands contributions – every previous pension forecast assured me a full pension with a mix of his and mine. Fact – all my husbands contributions wiped out, instead three quarters of a pension based on my own NICS. To add insult to injury an extra 6 months added on to my pension date. to 65 and 6 months.

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    • Omg I’m so sorry to hear that, that’s awful! What a bunch of liars they are while we paid their mortgages on their second homes, pay their ever-increasing salaries and grandiose expenses – “all in it together” my foot! We need a brand new political system, this 2-party monopoly has gotten far too greedy and corrupt. Sorry again they stole your husband’s money.

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  24. Thank you for this. We will not give up , shame as a lot have died from the beginning of this injustice to 1950s women who were not informed. 🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝

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  25. I felt proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with other 50s groups in supporting the Backto60 campaign at the Judicial Review on 5th and 6th of June. It was a wonderful atmosphere and the weather was kind too. As. WASPI and as Backto60 supporter I was especially proud to shake the hand of Michael Mansfield QC.

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  26. Thank you, all of you who have brought this issue so far. Born in 1954, I am told I will get my pension in July 2020 when I will be just two months short of 66 years old. I wonder if the government will cough up before then…..

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  27. I never recieved any letter telling me anything .I’m 62 years old worked since 15 and got 46 years full stamp never been out of work went straight back when I had each of my daughter and to this day I’m still working .I’m tired and exhausted but still go to work

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  28. I didn’t have time to realise that I wouldn’t get my pension til 63. I hadn’t had time to plan. None of the early 50s had time. There wasn’t the infrastructure for us. I left work at 57 to look after my Mum thinking it will be ok because I would get my pension at 60. Not to be. Tried to get work after my Mum died. Not a chance.. .

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  29. My grateful thanks to all involved. I, like many of the apathetic public just felt there was no recourse for a totally dishonest government who picked on this vulnerable group because they thought they could get away with it. This problem was caused entirely back lack of government strategic planning. Well, they have just witnessed the ‘mouse who roared’.

    Only totally cynical and dishonest creatures would come up with this as a solution to bad management and misappropriation of the NI contributions. Perhaps they could sack and remove the pensions from a few very senior civil servants who did not do their jobs properly, many years ago, in advising them to prevent this situation arising?

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  30. I would note that I wrote, regarding the misapproriation of NI funds, and expressing my disbelief that this matter had not been ‘front page news’ to Daily Mail, BBC, Good Morning Britain, Sky and Loose Women (who had done a piece on the abuse of pensioners rights and ‘benefits’). None replied and none took up the gauntlet. Is the government misappropriation of £271billion just a commomplace event, not worth noting?

    PS I, too am sick of the use of the word benefit – you would not describe a payout from an Insurance company in this fashion – we paid for this all our lives and are simply claiming our dues under the term of that insurance

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  31. Thanks for your hard work to right the injustice of 50’s born women being robbed of 6 years worth of pension How can this be right??

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  32. I’ve worked since I was 15 years old and am 62 years now I have c o p d and retired last year as no longer fit to work and living on my hubby state pension so any chance I could have my own as I’ve worked for it

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  33. They treat the ordinary people with such contempt!!!!! They line their own pockets with the tax payers money and when found out are full of excuses!!!!! What a nasty lot they are, and that is a polite way of saying what I think of them!!

    Thankyou David , and everyone who is fighting for our cause.

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  34. Can you imagine if men’s pensions were put up from 65 to 71. There would have been strikes and marches…
    Picking on 1950’s women was wrong and has far reaching consequences for future generations in regards pensions

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  35. As one of the women born in 1950’s, and definitely not informed about the changes regarding the state pension, this has deeply affected me. What really concerns me is that the Government will get away with stealing the money which was paid in by the 1950’s women for all those years, which instead should have been put away, which we were told would be the case – the government have got to be held responsible. Perhaps we should ask the next generation, all those born to the 1950’s women, to start another campaign to support their mothers to get back what is rightly theirs. After all they will be the generation whose votes really matter in the future.

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  36. I hate injustice in any shape or form, and this is a massive injustice. Theft of my money paid in for 44 years and they should NOT be able to get away with it. Also never got a letter despite living at the same address for the last 17 years.

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  37. Accountability
    Lies – ‘fully discussed’ several times….not!
    Theft of entitlement
    Triple dicrimination by UK Governments since ’95:-
    on age
    on gender
    on age & gender combined
    Responsable for this:-
    Major
    Blair
    Cameron/Clegg
    May
    ???? Johnson????

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  38. Dear David
    I listened and watched the film, finding it very hard not to get very emotional whilst taking it all in. I am 64 and have had to leave work because of ill health. I have paid into the system for the last 48 years without a gap. Universal Credit are not sympathetic, nor are they obliged to guide you to the benefits which you are entitled to e.g. PIPS the form which is hard to navigate as a novice and in a vulnerable state of mind. SSP lasted a few weeks but like for like deductions were made because I am in receipt of a small private pension. Now I am recovereing from my operations, trying to balance the books money wise and keeping baliffs from MY home. My savings have dwindled to £100 approx from £10k. I hope that the Courts soon find in our favour, in recognition for all the hard work done on our behalf.
    Please let me know when we should hear the findings of the court. Thank you.

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    • Very sorry to hear about your plight and your treatment from the DWP. I was hoping we might hear this week but it is looking increasingly unlikely as the legal term ends tomorrow.

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