Exclusive: BackTo60 and Unison take 3.8 million 50s born women pension demands to Downing Street

From Left to right: Unison’s national pensions officer, Alan Fox; Jackie Jones, Labour MEP for Wales; Sian Stockham, senior vice president Unison and Gloria Mills, national secretary, equalities,Unison., knocking at Downing Street’s door.

A group of leading BackTo60 campaigners and top people from Unison, the public service union, today delivered a personal letter to Boris Johnson calling on him to act to pay out the money owed to 3.8 million women whose pensions have been delayed by up to six years.

The delegation went direct to Downing Street preceded by Larry the Cat to press Boris Johnson to fulfill a pledge that he would look again at the problem for this particular group of women, many of whom have driven to poverty by the decision enacted by successive governments.

They are backed by a petition signed by 177 MPs of all parties calling for a Special temporary measure to grant the money owed without reversing the existing pensions legislation by returning the pension age to 60 for women.

The full delegation were Prof Jackie Jones, Barrister, MEP, Wales; Gloria Mills CBE, National Secretary, UNISON, Equalities, Sian Stockham, Senior Vice-President, UNISON, Alan Fox. National Pensions Officer, UNISON, Joanne Welch, Campaign Director,BackTo60.com and Callum Jones, Undergraduate.

Prof Jones said “It’s beyond time for women to have equal rights and equal financial entitlements for years of service.  Equal pension is part of this.  No way are women going to settle for anything less.”

 Gloria Mills said”1950s women deserve their full state pension now and the government should act by using the Temporary Special Measure contained to right this wrong. UNISON the UK’s largest trade union with 1 million women members will continue to fight for pension justice for the 3.8 million women born in the 1950s many of whom are UNISON members.”.  

She added: ” The recent idea that people may have to work to 75 is a disgrace to all working people. All these women have been discriminated against all their life by not being able to claim a pension while they are working part time or bringing up a family. Their pensions pots are miniscule compared to many men.”

Jackie Jones MEP and Gloria Mills

Sian Stockham said : ” Some women who just paid the married woman’s pension have been left with the disgraceful sum of just 10p a month which is a disgrace.

Callum Jones, an undergraduate student who joined the delegation said : “It is clear to see that the government is trying to take advantage of vulnerable members of society and if we don’t look after the most vulnerable members of our society what kind of society would we have.”

Delegation including myself in front of Downing Street.

 Earlier petitions, one of which reached 728,000, were delivered to former Prime Minister, Theresa May on 3 separate occasions:  It was ignored and this led BackTo60 to succeed in getting o a Judicial Review, held on 5th and 6th June was hthe Royal Courts of Justice,t and the Reserved Judgment is due soon.

In a rather bizarre move this May WASPI Ltd, which also represents some of the women, tried to urge MPs not to sign the motion calling for the restitution of the money to the 3.8 million. They believe the women should only get a bridging loan which will have to be paid back by having reduced pensions for life.

But this action is rather late as 177 MPs have already signed and the motion was delivered to Number Ten demanding full restitution today.

This is the Waspi Ltd statement re the EDM sponsored by Ann McMorrin MP for BackTo60
Larry The Cat

304 thoughts on “Exclusive: BackTo60 and Unison take 3.8 million 50s born women pension demands to Downing Street

    • I’m the same I’ve worked since I was 15 worked all my life now been made redundant can’t get a job and having to live in poverty on universal credit. They are giving me benifts while they keep my pension which isn’t a benefit it’s my human right

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      • My pension is exactly that ( mine) why all the waiting I’ll be 64 at Christmas DV and depend on the support of my wonderful husband each month ,please may I have what is mine ( my full state pension ) thankyou.

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    • I agree with you entirely. I too have worked for 44 years and was told from the age of 16yrs pension was at 60yrs. Due to increasing ill health I had to give work up but have chosen not to go through the benefits system, pride I suppose and do not want the hassle that would bring. My poor Husband does work still now to support us and he is 67yrs working a 12 hour day in hospital theatre’s. Many times he comes home not eaten his lunch as too busy and he then has an hours motorway drive, I fear for his wellbeing. He does not get the opportunity to cat nap like an MP shown on tv this week cat napping on the benches!

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      • Kay I so hear what youre saying , my energies are exhausted , 63yrs old , just had one shoulder op due to years as a care worker , I cant help lift people 10stone and more in weight , they say use a hoist but you have to move the person to get a sling under them , no amount of manual handling training showsyou the reality of real people being transfered ….sorry , digresed here , so many thanks to the wonderful waspi and back to 60 campaigners xxx

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    • Being a farmer’s daughter I was working much earlier than the age I was working for a wage. Yet, with time off from bringing up children – which completely wrecks any career plans you may have, and a mean chauvanist for an employer who gave me no pension rights for over 20 years service – I am suffering from losing nearly £50,000 thanks to a government who continually robbed me. Is this legal?

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    • I’ve worked since I was 15. I married at 21 and the then DHSS asked if I wanted to pay a reduced Married Women’s NI or a full rate one to get an enhanced state pension at 60 – I chose the latter. I’ve brought up two children, 6 weeks’ maternity leave with each, I’ve cared for elderly relatives, while working. I’ve been made redundant three, times, got other jobs, I’ve returned to work after life-threatening cancer, I now have three different heart problems. I’m still working, The question of asking me to pay full NI with a false promise is similar to being mis-sold PPI – I was mis-sold full NI contributions. I can’t get Universal Credit when I’m off work unwell as they take into account my husband’s pension. I wrote to my local Labour MP asking her to support the EDM but she refused, as she supports WASPI’s stance.

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    • I started work a few days after turning 15, I turned 65 in July and only get my pension in March 2020, I work full time and still pay NIS even though I the full amount of stamps on. I have started with health problems, the government need to understand that most people feel degraded when you have to ask for more time off to attend doctors or hospital appointments due to age related problems and employers are understanding up to a certain degree.

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    • Look stop moaning !
      Go and protest let them know we are not going away.
      This result means they can change the pension age when they want with No notice!
      Chain yourselves to parliament.
      (Make sure you vote them out )

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    • Stop bloody moaning
      We lost the case !
      We have the power to vote them out so get your own back and everyone get together and vote for the Green Party 😊 or who helps us before the election!
      No promises after the elections.

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      • It’s certainly time to take a different view, these completely out of control Tory’s now need to be thrown out of power by the electorate at the upcoming GE they’ve lined the pockets of the elite connected 5% to the detriment of all others in society, they’re deceptive liars who have mis-led previous Tory voters wrongfully believing they’re inclusive, it’s rubbish they’re self serving con people who only look after themselves, it’s time for everyone to be aware of their real agenda it’s themselves & nobody else, it’s time for everyone to get behind the 50s woman’s claim and kick these greedy bastards to the kerb.

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      • Well said
        Come on girls let’s get together and vote them out ……..they can do as they like now with no notice!
        And that applies to men as well! ……..
        They are robbers who don’t go to prison.

        They get their fat pension with no delay!

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      • I agree vote them out…all they have done is take what is ours…they have robbed us right under our nose…and think we don’t matter, well neither do the torys matter anymore because they will be out ,mind you they will always have plenty of money in the bank to live on, there will be no scrimping for them…to be honest they dont deserve a wage (what we have given them through our hard work and taxes ect )because they are not serving this country just the rich and them selfs,forget about the poor having no heating or good food for the winter,and forget about the people dying of hyperthermia it doesn’t matter about money for heating,it doesn’t matter if we have to sell our family home.
        we are not supposed to enjoy our retirement with our grandkids ect …VOTE THEM OUT..

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    • I have part time work and can not work the amount of overtime needed to cover all my living cost. I was hoping working would be out of choice after 60 not because I have too because the retirement age has been up to 66 in my chase.

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    • I am doing the same I have two jobs to try and make ends meet. I also like many others have an elderly parent to care for. I recently went to my local MP to ask for evidence of the letter that was so supposed to be sent to tell me That I would be working until I am 66 needless to say the Government was unable to find it. We may be living longer but this does not mean we are healthier and the fact they would like to put the pension age up higher still is in hope that we die before we are able to collect our pensions.

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  1. Even Larry the cat isn’t running away from this one….
    Well done UNISON! Well done Prof Jackie Jones MEP.
    Well done Gloria Mills.CBE
    Well done David Henke.
    Well done Sian Stockham.
    Well done Callum Jones.
    Well done Joanne Welch.
    Well done Alan Fox. So proud of you all.

    SHAME ON WASPI….

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    • thank you everyone for all your hard work to help us 50s lady,s get what we have worked hard for all our lifes so so so greatfull xx

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    • I am struggling to understand the implications of the WASPI statement…Surely we all just want to be re-imbersed, to recieve what we should have recieved at the time, (plus some degree of compensation/damages, for being denied this ? Why would we be asking for a ‘bridging loan’..?…..I notice that they do not refer explicitly, to this in their statement..very odd,…What are they playing at ?

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      • It was very odd to me too when I heard about waspi,I emailed them to say i dont want a bridging loan,I want full restitution for what the government has stolen From me,which I understood that is what waspi was going for,they said we paid in you pay out, the reply was that they were never going for full restitution as this is not realistic…. I dont want anymore to do with them,I lost my job as they closed down over a year ago,I had to sell my home, I didn’t have much colateol left in it,after having to remortgage a few times to keep me and my children as a one parent, I have had to keep myself since then so nealy all gone now I am 64 worked full time, never claimed,except family credit years ago when my children were small I worked part time for a couple of years,I have no savings for my retirement, it’s all a mess what the government have done to us,I never even had a letter about this,I didn’t know until 6 months before my 60th which I was going part time,my friend told me about it all,they are robbing old people which is shocking and down right heart less.

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      • WASPI are not demanding a bridging LOAN. Please do not misrepresent their campaign. WASPI women believe in equality but want the government to address the maladministration of the increases that have been implemented. They want a bridging pension for those not yet at sp age and compensation for those who have already suffered but are now at sp age. They do not want a loan. The two campaigns have different aspirations and constantly condemning the WASPI women only weakens B260s campaign.

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      • WASPI are not asking for a bridging loan. They are asking for a bridging pension not one to pay back. For unknown reasons some are trying to mire the WASPI campaign.

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  2. I find it hard to understand why any group representing 1950s born women in fighting for the best outcome in fully restoring their lost pensions back to 60 yrs -the agreed and expected state pension age for more than 50 yrs work! You mention WASPI who have splintered into several groups,including a limited company retaining £100,000 plus of members fees-trusting them to act in their best interests-but opposing the only legal option? There are groups with Waspi label who join in #Onevoice with #Backto60. Who join the only legal fight for full restitution of our pensions through EDM2296. Make sure you’re informed at Backto60.com. A 63 yr old, non political campaigner learning every day from #Backto60.

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  3. Fantastic action. You give me hope! I pray I and all 1950,s woman live to see justice. 48 years contributions paid. I want my rightful entitlement.

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    • Thank you all for your hard work and support for speaking out for all women who have contributed to the work force, we have proved our worth , I have done a manual job all of my years, I will be 60 next year with over 42 years behind me, I think I am entitled (as is the same for others) to have what is rightfully mine, we deserve our dues,who gave anyone the right to cheat us out of our monies

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    • I started work at 15 years old and Will hopefully get my pension March 2020 I will be 65 9 months 8 days I now don’t thrust anyone in government they are just out for them selves it’s a me me some got money and some got nothing.

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  4. Thank you all for the ongoing petition and all the hard work that people have put in I am now 62 and not in good health cannot thank you all enough

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    • this is good news Unison supporting us and 177 mps signing up too. but whatever are waspi thinking??? we have been blatantly robbed out of our pensions and they only want compo they have totally lost the plot!! we want our pensions back in full we have worked long and hard and paid NAT INS and TAX since the age of 15 and was promised we would get a pension at 60 the more support we have the better so a big thankyou to Unison for your support I thought Usdaw would have offered support too I got on at them when I was a member but fell on deaf ears they are the shop workers union that have a lot of women members 50s Ladies and yet don’t seem to want to know about pensions. anyway a Massive thankyou to all who are supporting us and back to 60 and the Legal team and you DAVID HENKE for your superb reports. Much appreciated.

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    • I agree Violet…What on earth are they thinking ? Very disappointed in them (all that ridiculous infighting & time wasted) & now this ! I have just fired of an email to Carole Archibald re this, registering my disgust…..Too many big egos, I think. Pathetic & juvenile.

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  5. Can we get Mairi Black on the site to explain the WASPI case as it may undermine the legal arguments?
    Is it to defeat the govt argument on affordability to current tax payers?

    Of course something is better than nothing but it doesn’t help those who have no alternative income and who couldn’t pay back a ‘loan’ deal ?

    And it doesn’t right the wrong done on the grounds of gender and age discrimination !!

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  6. I was hoping to retire or at least have the option in 4 years I would be 60 . I have a mum with alshiemers living with me and my husband is not well . I dont know whether I’m coming or going the state pension was the one thing I thought I could rely on after paying for 40 years but no they have used it to pay national debt. I’m left worrying whether we will get to drawer our pension I know we are not alone age brings different responsibilities and health problems which I’m sure the government are well aware of.

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  7. Hi David,
    It’s always a great pleasure to listen to and read your supportive remarks concerning 1950s born women and their fight for pension justice. That’s why I’m puzzled by your reference to Waspi, in your latest article. WaspiCampaign2018 have pushed hard to persuade MPs to sign EDM motion. Please clarify your source of this negative comment, which should certainly not be associated with WaspiCampaign2018.

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    • Thanks for your clarification on this point David, and putting up the statement which is NOT attributable to WaspiCampaign2018.

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    • Well Jane, I hope you are right …and this statement re WASPI’s lack of support IS incorrect ! I have already fired off an email to Carole Archibald & I expect others will have done the same…..You would think, by now, that all the pressure groups would have been able to ‘get their ducks in a row’…..In no way should any of them be undermining a possible victory for alll of us..

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  8. Thanks very much for the update David. I don’t understand why waspi are taking this stance especially, if my memory is right, they were the first group to start campaigning on the increase to the state pension age for 50s women! I do hope the media starts publishing and broadcasting something about this travesty. However I doubt it as nothing else but brexit has taken centre stage for the last 3 years in this country.

    Keep up the good work David and it’s brilliant that unison have joined the campaign.

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  9. Back to 60 have done an incredible job for all women born in the 1950’s. They have taken our case to the highest pinnacle making our case heard like never before. As individuals we have little voice but with their tenacity and fight they have rallied us all to believe we will win. We have a voice we deserve what’s due to us and we will win our case, this can no longer be ignored.

    Thank you does not seem enough but it is with passion that it’s said. You have all worked so incredibly hard and pushed for what is right. The 50’s women don’t want a bridging loan we want our pensions. Why would any one in their right mind want a bridging loan, which boils down to a nominal amount till we reach the DWP retirement age.

    Waspi need to let procedures and outcomes take place from the judicial review. They have a few weeks to go until we should get the judgement. Stirring up another hornets nest defeats what back to 60 are trying to achieve.

    At the end of the day your all trying to help the 50’s women but it’s blatantly c!ear the DWP and government struggle to do anything right. So don’t play into their hands, we know what a manipulating unscrupulous shower we have in government and their agencies.

    The 50’s women are passionate about getting justice and it’s back to 60 that has made us believe we have the best chance. They have gone about everything professionally and supported our case with evidence that blows the DWPs lies out of the water.

    Thank You all in back to 60 for supporting us.
    Dee

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    • I agree with everything you’ve written, Dee. It’s a pity that Amber Rudd is still in charge at the DWP, .(.in cahoots with Teresa May, but also after her job), she doesn’t strike me as a sympathetic character at all & I’m hoping that BoJo will overule her negativity..Fingers crossed !

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  10. this is good news Unison supporting us and 177 mps signing up too. but whatever are waspi thinking??? we have been blatantly robbed out of our pensions and they only want compo they have totally lost the plot!! we want our pensions back in full we have worked long and hard and paid NAT INS and TAX since the age of 15 and was promised we would get a pension at 60 the more support we have the better so a big thankyou to Unison for your support I thought Usdaw would have offered support too I got on at them when I was a member but fell on deaf ears they are the shop workers union that have a lot of women members 50s Ladies and yet don’t seem to want to know about pensions. anyway a Massive thankyou to all who are supporting us and back to 60 and the Legal team and you DAVID HENKE for your superb reports. Much appreciated.

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  11. Why have WASPI decided a bridging loan is satisfactory for us. It is NOT. Keep fighting BackTo60. We all live in hope. A 64yr old robbed of my pension.

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    • I have been sent an email today from backto60 . I am appalled by reading that waspi are asking for a loan that has to be paid back when I reach 66 and my pension
      Will be reduced until.the loan is paid off. That is not helping 50’s women who have had their pension pot stolen . I started work at 16 and I have worked for 44 yrs and I want
      All of it back . I think waspi are making it difficult for back to 60 succeeding , they should back off , we stand more of a chance
      With one voice , and all ideas united .

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  12. WASPI’s campaign is misrepresented in the article. We most definitely oppose loans and reduced pensions for life. We seek a bridging pension until new SPA is reached and compensation for ALL 1950s born women who have already incurred financial loss.

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    • Well, to offset this utter confusion, WASPI, I think, should issue a press release asap, to that effect…In any case, they will surely be bombarded by ‘disgusted’ emails..possibly crashing the system, until things are corrected !

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    • Thank goodness someone on this site, thanks SUSAN for telling the truth of the matter. I wish I could understand why some women feel it is ok to use words like “disgusting” to describe a hard working campaign fighting for their rights.
      Divided we fall, we have slightly different demands but we are all women who have been badly affected by crass government legislation. Let us keep our comments on message and not spend time criticising others.

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  13. Well done again BackTo60
    Strange move by Waspi Ltd
    What an earth are they playing at.
    WaspiCampaign2018 I know have supported 1950’s women by joining in with BackTo60, donating to fundraiser.
    I Hv continued to tag #BATTLEBUS
    I now whole heartedly back BackTo60 also donated to the crowdfunder.
    I was hoping we could all pull together and that was the ethos of The #BATTLEBUS
    But it’s been over 5 yrs for me and I am angry with Government and the Waspi split.
    Can’t afford to waste anymore of my life.

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    • We all feel the same..If there is some sort of a ‘misunderstanding’ with WASPI, it needs to be cleared up, as a matter of urgency !

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    • Also a big thank you to the radio stations for the interviews with Joanne Welch and all other groups concerned in this pension robbery from the women born in the 1950’s Well Done.

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  14. Thank you for delivering the petition. Disappointed that yet again it appears all groups working to right this wrong are unable to project a united front. #onevoice #backto60 #wepaidinyoupayout #waspi

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  15. I am owed 5 years pension. I left school at 15 and worked either full/part time all my life. I had 3 children and still worked. Never not worked. First I paid women’s stamp then married women’s stamp. Then full stamp. For the last 25 years paid full stamp without a break. In the meantime I’ve brought 3 children up and worked part time. My husband has worked full time. So he gets his full pension at 65 and I get promised a pension at 60 then 62 and finally 65. But I’ve paid in all my contributions and more. Who am I keeping definitely not me and mine. Who have all worked and paid in full. Even my children have never been out of work or my brothers or my parents. So who is receiving my pot. Not me 😔😔😔😔

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  16. A Bridging Loan, never in a month of Sunday’s. I don’t want a Bridging Loan, to reduce the poverty being robbed of almost 6 years State Pension has caused me and then to pay that Loan back, when I eventually do get my Pension. The money I have earned by working all my life since 16 until I developed health problems, I have 40 plus years of contributions and will be 66 next July and don’t get my pension till May, I am disgusted if Waspi have now taken this stance, this is not what their supporters have been fighting for and thank goodness Back to 60 and you David are still fighting our corner, I was horrified when I read your latest update. Please keep up the good work and I pray for a positive conclusion to the Judicial Review very soon.

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  17. Why are Waspi making nonsensical comments? Why would we want or accept a bridging loan? The government have already got 48 years of my money and 3.8 million others, we are only asking them to now pay out what ours! Stick with the Back to 60, an amazing team who have fought for us and getting us to where we are today. I really don’t understand Waspi’s thinking!

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    • Some are saying now, that there is some sort of a ‘misunderstanding ‘? Hopefully, that IS the case..You would have thought that by now, all the pressure groups could have ‘got their ducks in a row’..!

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  18. Good morning David. Reading your report yesterday. I was shocked to read waspi woman. Had asked for a bridging loan. That has to be paid back. With a lower pension to the rest of our lives. Please could you clarify this. As waspi woman has said. It’s a mistake and this wasn’t what they asked for. I read all your reports and they all have seemed to be correct. But am very curious about this one
    Thanks for all your updates and support you have given us..
    Kind regards
    Kay

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  19. Thank you to everyone at Backto60 for all your efforts to date. It is appreciated. So professionally run and fighting for our rights as 50’s women who have had their pensions stolen from them. We paid in ( in good faith) now pay us our pensions.

    SHAME on WASPI, I did pay in when they first set up but was so disgusted with all the in fighting and public displays of tit for tat I did not renew membership. You didn’t know who was who. They should all hang their heads in shame.

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    • Funny enough. I thought the same. I asked loads of times . To post on public. So people could share. But they wouldn’t because they said. They were getting bullied by people’s views. Surely we are all in this together. So all of us fighting for the same cause . Should stick together. I had a row with a few of them yesterday. They don’t like people’ Views

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  20. Waspi info is inaccurate.
    Bridging pension and compensation for those who have their SPA.
    No pay back .
    Check waspi.co.uk
    For this easy to access info.

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    • This mis-reporting has upset & confused, a lot of people…WASPI need to issue a press release to clarify just what is going on …

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  21. Thanks Backto60 for all your hard work on behalf of 1950’s born ladies. I’m now 61 and and fortunate enough to be working, I’ll have to work until 66, something I never imagined would happen to me.
    There must be thousands of ladies in my situation, Job Blocking. Let us retire on our rightful pensions and free up our positions for the young.

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  22. Thank you very much all of you for your efforts and determination.
    I am still working and paying NI which will add contributions of 50 years to date. This is wrong to pick out a section of women not only once but three times moving the goalposts to retirement in some cases as in my case.

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  23. Thankyou Thankyou Thankyou to everyone who is fighting for the 50’s women, I am one of those women that became too ill to work after I had been made redundant at age 55 and knew that I would be able to manage until I reached 60 by using my redundancy settlement together with some of my pension pot but the lump sum I took from my pension pot has now all gone and I just have a small monthly pension and a small amount of benefits to live on and feel extremely let down.

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    • I could not agree more, my memory is not what it used to be, and employers do not want to spend the extra time training me, I also had private pension pots I had to take to survive, now I find myself at 64 having to sign on for the first time in my life, how degrading! I have also worked full time since I was 15 years old always paid full stamp and was not lucky enough to have children. Shame on a country that does not give a dam about their older population.
      Thank you so much back to 60 for fighting on our behalf, this means so much to us.

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  24. At 65 years old, with two replacement knees, I am working extremely hard for a charity on minimum pay. I get paid for seven hours a day. I actually am put in the position where I have to work a minimum nine hour day and have no breaks. I am exhausted and broke. Thank you so much for your hard work on behalf of the thousands of women, like me, who have been betrayed when it comes to our promised pension, which we have earned. The married woman’s stamp was also meant to cover the lost years of employment whilst child rearing. Stabbed in the back.

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  25. Thanks to everyone at Back to 60 who are fight this case of injustice and inequality for us 1950s women. We cannot be classed as a great 21st century nation when women are being treated as second class citizens. WASPI campaigners should realise that bridging loans are not the answer to this as we should not have to repay anything back to the DWP as this money is our right and not a loan. Let’s hope the government realise this and right the wrong.

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  26. I remember listening to Radio 4’s – Money Box approx. 2yrs ago and a spokesperson for WASPI said that it was unreasonable for women to expect a full pension / compensation as there are so many other competing needy issues in society and a bridging pension of £60 (or £70 can’t recall for certain which) is in WASPI’s opinion reasonable. It was not just the onions I was chopping at the time that brought tears to my eyes – it was for all those women on the poverty line now having been robbed of their pensions and the long historical gender bias where it is always the woman who has to bend and comprise – equality has long way to go. So, it was with a joyous lift of heart and optimism when the Back to 60’s movement began and I willingly gave to a cause that was clear in its goals. Thank you to the Back to 60’s for running a campaign that does not wish to bend and comprise.

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  27. We deserve our pension I’m working full time at 61 and it’s hard work mentally and physically worked for 45 years and when I retire i won’t be able to enjoy the life I’m entitled to good luck with this campaign x

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  28. It’s disgusting, I am struggling to work and look after my husband who has Parkinson’s disease. I have had both knees replaced due to osteoarthritis and I cannot ear a pair of shoes for more than 2 hours yet I was femmes fit for work. Please give me my pension now, I don’t know if I can cope without it for another 14 months!

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  29. Th government are using the age 75 as a ploy as far as I am concerned. They will put the pension age up to the age of 70 and everyone will start saying ‘thank god it is not 75’ and just accept it! I was born in 1962, have worked 40 years and want my pension at 60 not 65 etc. It is a disgrace. I used to be proud of my country but between the pension, losing a big bit of my mortgage endowment and the way the my employer is dealing with my wage rise I sick to the stomach!

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  30. The only thing that is keeping me going is the thought of the fantastic effort being made by Backto60 to right the wrong done to 50s women. In my younger days, as a single parent, I tried to make sensible financial provision to protect myself and my daughter should I be unable to work. At the age of 50, I did become ill, but fortunately I had insurance to allow me to survive comfortably. However I had set it up to end at state pension age, which as far as I knew in 1996 was age 60. I am now 64, struggling, working two jobs, occasionally three and I can’t make ends meet. I am currently applying for full-time permanent jobs in desperation – what are the chances do you think? We women have been discriminated against our whole lives, and now under the guise of granting us equality we are expected to buy it, with our very hard earned money.
    Would 3.8 million men have put up with this? I think not!!!
    Thank you for all you are doing.

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  31. David, I have followed your reports on 1950s women’s pensions and have offered you my thanks more than once for your sterling efforts to support our cause. Consequently, I am appalled by your total misinterpretation of Waspi’s statement.
    You state: ‘WASPI . . . believe the women should only get a bridging loan which will have to be paid back by having reduced pensions for life’, but that is not what the statement says. There is no mention of a bridging loan, they ask for a bridging pension – totally different. Nor is there anything about a reduced pension for life as a consequence.
    I have lost patience with Waspi over time but I am shocked and disturbed that you could so blatantly misrepresent their words. It cannot be a simple mistake and it leaves me wondering why you have made such a divisive move.

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    • It seems you have based your report on hearsay, David. I’m sorry to have to say it, but that is pretty shoddy journalism. To make matters worse, the majority of the women here have believed you.

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  32. You are really doing your greatest and I thank am so grateful you are fighting for us all I have worked hard from 15 not much schooling hard manual jobs and poor paid I still work 61 nearly as a cleaner hard work I thought I would get my state pension and time out before I drop down from working this job so Thank You all again

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  33. I was 63 yrs in July , got 29 vertebrae fractures through osteoporosis last July and have had to give up my job , have to now use wheelchair and have very limited mobility . I’m unable to get my state pension until I’m 66 years . Cannot even claim my state pension through ill health ! I certainly did not want to be like this !! So many people like me in their 60’s and only need / want what we were promised .

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  34. Didn’t George Osborne say that extending the age at which women should receive their pension….was the quickest so many billions he had ever made?
    To me, that expressed the total disdain held for the lives of millions of women who have had the misfortune to be born in the 1950’s.
    This ruling was a reckless move and without any consideration as to the impact that such a change would actually mean to the lives of millions of women.

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    • When people are young & fit, it takes ‘a bit of imagination’ to truly envisage what often happens when one ages & or suffers through ill health…..With any luck, he will have some ‘hands on’ experience of that, when his time comes !

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  35. I Fully back the Backto60 Campaign.
    Why should we settle for a bridging loan. When we have earn’t our pension
    and paid our dues.
    It’s disgusting in this day and age that women are still having to fight for their
    Equal rights.

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  36. Well done! It is not that we have just been robbed of our pension – in my case the first to be pushed to 66 years, but we missed out on equal pay until late in my career, no payed maternity leave, short contracts for many years without benefits and the lack of any time to make up pension shortfalls. Cut backs across the public sector meant early retirement with reduced work pension at just short of 60. So it is a fact that we have not had the opportunity to ensure we can support ourselves at a time in our lives when arthritis and other more serious health issues are already making life more difficult. Thank you for taking our case to court and to two successive Prime Ministers. Pĺease let me know when you need more financial support to continue to fight our corner.
    Yours
    Celia Linney (Thomas)

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  37. What on earth is Waspi ltd proposing..
    I have worked full time from the age of fifteen,
    Still Working to my disbelief age 63. Well reached my qualifying state pension at 2016.
    Unison member..
    A bridging loan! Then, paying it back out of the state pension, leaving me destitute.
    Where’s the logic in that..

    Well done guys (backto60) you have my full support.

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  38. This has made me emotional, the realisation of the problems this last 5 years have add to my life load. We need full restitution. It is a book/film, which must be heard, for the long term future of us all,as it’s effects are widespread in aspects of care for all our futures, vital. God bless David and all fighting with and for us

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  39. Great disappointment in the WASPI women – hopefully this will lead to many women removing their names from this campaign – unusual move makes you question why they would do this at such an important time – what a sting! Support withdrawn.

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  40. It is outrageous that despite bad health I need to continue to work 6 years longer to get my state pension than my mother and my grandmother who never even worked and 6 years longer than my sisters and totally unfair to 50s born women to bear the cost of such a steep rise

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  41. I recall Waspi asking for a £60-£70 week bridge on 50’s womens pension to give them something each week to ease the pressure. No matter what the title they wish to use, whether bridging loan or bridging pension. Bridging is bridging its a link to give women something each week whilst they work till they reach the new pension age.

    David I may be wrong but I see it that if the 50’s women accepted this bridging pension we would be paying it back. If you only get £60- £70 each week as a bridging pension when you were entitled to £168 week your giving the government £100 each week of which we should have had.

    The clear points are 50’s born women are entitled to their state pension. They did nothing wrong they followed the rules. However the rules were changed and the government and its department DWP falsified information. They hoped we would put up and shut up like we’ve been brain washed to do all our lives.

    The 50’s women want what’s due not a nominal amount to ease their suffering. For the first time in my life this government have raised in me a passion for justice and reading the 50’s women’s responses they have this same passion and fire. We will not be subdued with some paltry financial carrot dangled in front of us. Were sick to death of being treated like easy targets.

    Back to 60 have been the catalyst to lighting our touch paper. There journalism uncovered some of the most appalling cover ups ever read. They identified the falsified information, the dis respectful comments from MP’s, the missing national insurance that somehow vanished into Pandoras box. The back to 60 legal team have done us proud our case is out there, our case to be judged upon.

    We just have to be patient for few more weeks when the judgment is given. Were all tired, were all wanting an end to this, we all want some quality of life back. We just need to keep positive and support each other.

    Dee

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  42. Whilst David has added Ltd to the statement:-“In a rather bizarre move yesterday WASPI (Ltd.) which also represents some of the women, tried to urge MPs not to sign the motion calling for the restitution of the money to the 3.8 million. They believe the women should only get a bridging loan which will have to be paid back by having reduced pensions for life”. I, as co-founder of the Waspi Campaign, feel it is imperative to comment and clarify matters.

    Although the ask of Waspi Campaign 2018, (totally autonomous from Waspi Ltd.) is “to achieve fair transitional state pension arrangements for all women born in the 1950s affected by the changes to the state pension law (1995/2011 Acts).This translates into a ‘bridging’ pension to provide an income until State Pension Age – not means-tested – and with recompense for losses for those women who have already reached their SPA. There are no specific age groups within the period mentioned above that are favoured above others”, we support the EDM in question and the JR. We have always done so, as our statements on our website’s Action page (EDM) and News page testify. http://www.waspicampaign2018.co.uk Furthermore, the malicious rumour in relation to bridging loan was first Tweeted by someone purporting to be a Back to 60s supporter who refused to retract her tweet despite being informed of the facts.

    Just because our ask is different from that of Back to 60 this does not influence us in wanting a speedy resolution to this grave injustice, that was unearthed way back in 2015 by the Waspi co-founders.

    Furthermore, it was Waspi Campaign 2018 who initiated the successful collaboration between ourselves, Back to 60 and We Paid In, You Pay Out. in July last year and instigated the rally and demonstration, our first joint venture in London on the 10th October last year. Our statement in relation to this is also on our website’s News page.

    It appears that somebody is deliberately trying to discredit the Waspi Campaign 2018. Why is nobody’s guess. However, they should be ashamed of themselves for causing further upset and distress to women whose lives have been turned upside down and are devastated.

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    • Firstly I thank you for clarifying the difference between Waspi and Waspi Ltd. I have not followed the two Waspi groups moreover I had no idea there were 2 groups and I’m sure I will not be on my own in not realising that.
      I totally agree on your comments regarding anyone trying to discredit any actions of any group at this moment in time. There malicious acts serve no benefits to the 50’s women who have suffered enough. They should be not only ashamed of themselves but should look at the damage they are doing to the case.
      Were all in this together wanting a solution to this injustice.
      However I find it somewhat confusing as to why Waspi Ltd are doing anything until the judicial review judgement is given. This time before our judgement is made would of been a prime time to prepare for ways forward.
      Once the 50’s women know the outcome and if it was the worst case scenario then Waspi Ltd, Waspi, Back to 60 need to work together to build on an appeal. In the event of a positive result for the back to 60 judicial review its then not over. Many changes have happened to pensions including the recent change to those losing a partner at pension age. Pension credit we’ve missed out on , bus passes etc .
      My concern is like yours we need a solution to this devastation on the 50’s women. We do not need to give this government any other ideal than we are a united front all working for justice. To many 50’s women have suffered and are suffering enough solidarity is the way forward.
      Dee

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    • Thanks for this re-assurance…I suspect that Waspi willl be bombarded with protest emails (one of which will be from me), so i think it is imperative that an effort is made to get this clarified in a national news report asap. Waspi have never really recovered from the embarassing infighting that caused so much confusion which was very ‘unfortunate’.

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  43. WASPI should be working to the same aims as Back260. Total disgrace on their part. I noticed yesterday that MPs can and always will be allowed to retire at 65. This should be looked into while they are determined to raise Pension age for ordinary citizens

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  44. It’s an absolute disgrace the way this. government treats us 1950s women coming out with total crap on how people are living longer.. Really.. We never even got a choice and I don’t see why we can’t have it and still work 😡

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  45. Thank you from the bottom of my heart to all involved in getting justice for women born in the 1950’s . Never did it occur to me that I would be worried about my future at age 63 . I paid my dues all my working life (42years) in the knowledge I would have a pension at 60 only for it to be snatched away with no notice. I along with all 50’s ladies look forward to getting justice.

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  46. I was unison member for over. 30 yrs The government needs to listen We are due our money !! We have the lowest pension in Europe now !!
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  47. I cannot believe what Whaspi is saying ????!!! Disgraceful Women must be more destitute. Than they think for us to except This rediculous offer
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  48. So grateful to all the people who have worked so hard for the over 60s women. So many women are struggling to make ends meet and they should be enjoying theIr retirement instead of worrying. I have worked nearly all my life and paid my dues.
    It is criminal what this Government has done to add an extra 6 years on, I can’t understand how they’ve got away with it.
    A big thank you to Back to 60, Waspi, One Voice and of course David Hencke.

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  49. I would just like to thank everyone who is fighting for this injustice to us women born in the 50s. Like most of you I have worked since I was 15 and led to believe I would collect my Pension at 60. I divorced years ago at that time I never thought I would be relying so much on my deserved pension that I am still paying into re N. I. Contributions. As for a private pension on one wage I could not afford to take one out. I work full time, I have Cervical Spondoloysis, arthritis in my spine and have just been diagnosed with Carpel Tunnel Syndrome. My job is sitting at a desk most of the day, I wake up in agony go to bed in agony but I still get to work. I do not want sympathy, I want what is rightfully mine I have paid in they must pay out. I hope we can get this not a bridging loan but what we have earned our Pension. Fingers crossed ladies.

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  50. I gave up with WASPI in 2018, as all you got were complex emails about no confidence in the ‘current board’ and each side falling out. Nothing to do with 1950’s women’s pensions. Backto60 have achieved so much more by getting this judicial review and getting unison (my union) on board. Like many, I will have to wait until I am 66 and 4 months (! why four months). I am almost 63 now, with a degenerative disease of the spine, I have a small LGPS pension but I cannot survive on £9K a year if I take early retirement. All through the 70’s 80’s 90’s and even the 00’s, when joining pensions/or planning for retirement the phrase was “don’t forget you will get your state pension at 60.” This government can afford it,if it can find money for the HS2 project, it can fund our promised pension from age 60 for those women born in the 1950’s.

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  51. Totally grateful to the Back260 group for campaigning tirelessly on our behalf. I am clinging onto the belief that they are successful as cannot bear to contemplate the alternative. Now aged 65 and having worked since 16 I am disgusted that currently I have to work for a further 11 months. Too awful to think about !

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  52. I have been sent an email today from backto60 . I am appalled by reading that waspi are asking for a loan that has to be paid back when I reach 66 and my pension
    Will be reduced until.the loan is paid off. That is not helping 50’s women who have had their pension pot stolen . I started work at 16 and I have worked for 44 yrs and I want
    All of it back . I think waspi are making it difficult for back to 60 succeeding , they should back off , we stand more of a chance
    With one voice , and all ideas united .

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  53. What a journey this has been for Backto60 campaigners. Having to crowdfund to get a Judicial Review puts politicians to shame but has given hope to those affected. Successive governments had an opportunity to put things right on many occasions, and made it worse when they added on another year. The unbearable hardship experienced by so many should not be prolonged. Anger and blame needn’t be indulged any longer, these women have a right to see a positive outcome now and receive the state pension they believed and trusted would be due to them in full so they can get on with their lives as they have a right to and not be left feeling like they are getting (humiliating) handouts in the form of benefits or loans. I’m not a 50s born woman but Backto60 have my full support.

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  54. Thank you back to 60. We are the first generation to have to work in later life and I can honestly say that it’s killing me!!! I’m aching and so tired it’s pitiful. All we want is what I’ve worked for from the age of 15 and that is our pension which we have worked hard for.
    Thank you back to 60 for your hard work and all the effort you are putting into getting our pension. As in my case I think being on receipt of it will save my life or at the very least the only job I’ve been able to find will cripple me. My days off are just spent lying around the in agony because I now have to admit I can’t do the things I used to do.
    From an hard working women unfortunately born in the 1950.s

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  55. How can this appeal truly portray the injustice of pension issues when articles such as this use such flippant commentary?
    A delegation of people representing 3.8 million victims enter Downing Street and you
    make a silly-season comment saying they were ‘preceded by Larry the cat’.
    I, for one, find your humour misplaced at best. It implies that this appeal is not really much of an event. Would you have used the same phrase if a delegation representing male engineers, manufacturers or educationalists had arrived to raise issues in respect of financial injustice? Or a mismanagement of funds scandal? I suspect not.
    Does the impact of pension age affect any women in your life? Your mum, grandma, wife, aunt(s), neighbours et al? It doesn’t affect you personally which is why you can afford to be so smug.
    Larry the cat. Really?

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  56. I was born in 1954 Dec. Worked hard in factories until spondiosis of spine caused great pain and numbness in my arm. Then at 53 got diagnosed with diabetes and chronic kidney disease. I was given sick money until late 2013. Since then my husband had to retire at age 55 through ill health. He has kept me and our son whom is Autistic and has severe circulation problems. I was told 1 month b4 60 that I couldn’t get pension till 66. That is stealing. My husband is now on pension. Our son just got PIP at the age of 41. !!!

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  57. I am not sure what is going on I thought back to 60 and waspis are all together not fighting for different things please stay positive and stand together need answers 62 and doing a physical job Anne Burns

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    • Hopefully, this will be successful…..I emailed Teresa May several times, pointing out the obvious fact that she too, is a 1950’s woman affected by this & how disappointed I was that she was not backing us !….Too stupid to realise that this could have been her worthwhile ‘legacy’…& a betrayal of her so called Christian values !
      By the way, I’m from a Northern branch of the Dunk family, (originating in Yorkshire, Doncaster, Wirksworth, & Nottinghamshire) although I was born in Chiswick..Presumably, their will be some connection, name-wise in the dim & distant past ?

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  58. The deceitful & underhanded actions of successive Govs back to Gordon Brown & Thatcher was a grab & vulnerable women with little or no notifications, it’s a national disgrace that will have serious repercussions if the politicians don’t address the problem, it won’t go away and has massive public support, if politicians don’t support this case then they will certainly be judged in any future election, MPs like Rudd & Truss, IDS will not be re-elected, it’s time to admit that they’ve all been caught with their hands in the till & put this massive injustice right.

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  59. Thankyou for your tireless effort campaigning for us. I like many others starred work at 15 worked all my life short time off for my children . I lost my husband to suicide 4years ago and find myself At 62 having to still carry on working in Emergency Care in AE because I cannot retire till iam 66. Not even able to claim part my late husbands pension till 66. Struggling to say the least . It’s absolutely disgraceful what they have done to us in our later years. I have no plans now for my future because I haven’t got one Thankyou government for that
    Deepest regards

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  60. I was born in 1954 is not working have to go to the job centre I started work when I was 15 cannot get a job or bus pass until I get my perison in March 2020 not good we are missing out

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  61. Me and my husband both…15 when we left school his Birthday May my Birthday June he as always received more money in wages than me …I bought up 2 boys and went to work ..still my husband got more money in wages than me!!!! ..he gets his pension in Jan he will. Be 65 I finish in March I will be 65 ..And that’s equal right No it is NOT …And he got made redundant when he was 62 and could not get a job because of his age ..they dont give him any dole money ..because I’m working and he gets a bit of pension …Someone sort this Govement out as polish women retire at 60 😡😢😫

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  62. I am 63yrs have worked since 15 broke to raise family back to work paying tax and N. I. Unfit to work at 60 but pension age moved to66 !!!! Now on unemployment benefit going hungry 5 day out of 14 on dole. I want what’s owed thanks NOT a reduced pension paying back money that’s mine to begin with.

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  63. I have worked since i was 12 years old, i was born in 1956, and i have struggled to bring up a child, i was not able to afford to for a pension let alone have savings, the government needs to appreciat women like myself have had to bring up families single handed, or had a husband or partner who could not work, because when i had my son and had to apply for benefits if you had savings you were penalised, so therefore you just had that to live on, in my employment now i am able to do a private pension but it is not going to be much , so.i am having to budget my earnings so.i will be able to live off my pension it is not good enough as i am existing and not living, and i work 34 hours a week not ideal in the care industry, but i would not get employment anywhere else due to my age, but how many people are living off the state that could work, get them back into jobs and allow us 60 year old tetire while we have our health.

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  64. I like many others planned to retire at sixty and was given the bad news that it would be sixty five then to be told ho no its sixty six I suffer with ill health and look after an elderly father who is not well now I find the demands of a full time job 35 hrs per week and looking after him exhausting to top it all my company are changing our contracts to a more flexible one where they virtually own you that is a triple whammy.

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  65. It’s typical of this country to penalise people who have worked hard all their lives. If you do a very physical job it is impossible to carry on to an older age I am now 62 and I am struggling but who cares!!!!

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  66. Shame on the government for making people who have contributed so much to our country Having work ethics ,morals and standards.The whole system is grossly mismanaged and is controlled by statisticians.Let us hope common sense prevails.

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  67. I do believe we have been treated unfairly .
    I wasn’ti nformed of this decision on having to wait to I reached almost 65 before receiving my state pension ! I had no letter or information about this .I am a carer to my 36 year old son . SO DO HAVE A BUSY LIFE ! Also carers allowance was stopped as soon as my pesion was paid to me. I still gave to care for my son ? How is this fair .

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  68. Many of us can b supported by our husbands but we have to think about other ladies who have no one to depend on .at the end of the day they have stolen money from all of us and it’s our Wright to have it .How dare they steel money what wd they do to us if we stole money .

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  69. When I started working at the age of 15 I was told I would be able to get my pension at 60 because I was born in 1957 I will not be able to get my pension until I am 66 I think this is very unfair considering the people who brought this in already receive there pension plus many many more advantages than I do, I was a carer for my late husband for over 2 years and it has taken its toll.

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  70. I also have worked since I was 15 yrs old. Back then I started on £2.10 shillings a week. I have always worked full time & only in recent times been able to have a worked pension. For years women were not offered pensions & always paid much less than men so even if we had been offered a company pension we didn’t earn enought to make contributions. I finally reach state pension age at 65+5 months & need to still work part time to supplement my income. Retiring fully is not an option I can see.

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  71. I am a WASPI woman, I worked my socks off from the age of 15 years old, my work wouldn’t pay a private pension for me, I bought a sick child up without help plus worked hard, I have saved so hard for my retirement thinking it was 60 years old, then it went to 63 then without notice it went to 65, I had to live on my saving until I got my pension at 65 as I have severe arthritis in hips and knees, I can’t afford holidays as my saving went. Our pensions were stolen from us, I didn’t have a year maternity leave when I had my 2 boys, 4 weeks and back to work, we need our money please.

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  72. We should be able to retire right now and have our pensions back dated. We have been robbed of our lives.My partner has been retired for quite a while and he is now waiting for me to retire to have some quality time together, he is none years older than me and the clock is ticking

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  73. We must continue to fight this injustice I am one of these women affected and I was never informed officially the state pension age should not be increased to 75 many are worn out well before this especially if they were manual workers or in the care industry we should not tolerate this and the fact that other countries have better pensions and we are worse off is very wrong

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  74. Thankyou for all you have done for us ladies who were born in the 50s ,and robbed of our well earned dues,shame on the government to even put us in this situation in life, MY LORD GOD SEES EVERYTHING AND HE HATES INJUSTICE,ONE DAY THERE WILL BE JUDGMENT,and I do pity the ones who have done this to old people it is really shameful.God bless to all the ladies who are struggling with this, I myself sold my home after losing my home,what I had left was not a lot but kept me for just over a year,so my savings are just about gone ,i am hoping and praying for all of us to get every penny back what is owed us,much needed after being robbed by the fat cats.

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  75. I have worked all my grownup life. From the age of 15 year i am know 64 year and I still have to work. Not just me but thousands of us.I did not receive a letter on notice that my pensionchable age would be 66 years. I did receive a letter to say I would get my full state pension at 64 years. I have worked in the NHS since 1971.

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  76. It has been the same story throughout history, WOMEN get a raw deal!! I agree with Backto60, we should be entitled to our state pension from 60 yrs old.Men have rarely had to work,raise children,run a home&sometimes care for parents.We have never received equal pay for jobs, or even an equal state pension.This needs to be addressed promptly!!!

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  77. I’m 65years old and do not get my state pension until march 2020 .I’m currently working as a carer for the elderly in a residential home which is very hard, after I finish a 12hr shift I’m in so much pain and need my medication to get through the shift . I never thought I would be working this long. I have no private pension so have no choice but to carry on working and wishing my life away .

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  78. I am affected have to wait 4 yrs for my pension no state help told to live of my husband worked all my life no government notification it a disgrace

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  79. I was born in September 1952, worked 41 years. Planned and expected to retire at 60, but had to wait additional 28 months for state pension – lost approx £14k – very hard time. Discriminatied again when new state pension introduced (born 6 months too early) so £40 PER WEEK loss!!!! This change was brought forward and also introduced earlier for women than men. Definitely AGE DISCRIMINATION. Women didn’t have time to plan or prepare for that. Women have been fighting for their rights for over 100 years. We didn’t do anything wrong – we worked hard and in many cases at the same time brought up families, cared for elderly and sick parents. Surely this must count for something. I hope that PM MrJohnson does hear our voice and agrees to make restitution to 1950s women – we have earned it, we want it and we will not give up until we get it.

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  80. I have had a job allmy.working life three when I my kids were small to.fit in with them I am being made to qait till I am 66 not fair at all I am.disabled now x next year when I am 64 thry will tell me to find a job so.unfair

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  81. I started work at the age of 14 I’m 64 still have to continue for two years have lots of health problems . I’ve paid NI for 47years I would like nothing more than to have a rest now .
    it is disgusting had no notice about my pension chance I feel I was robbed.

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  82. Thank you all for fighting for the injustice us women of the 1950’s and what we are having to put up with as no one knows what’s it like unless they are going through it themself – the hardship of not receiving their State pension as was expected at 60 but not unable to do so until 66 !!!!!Yes there are people who comment negatively about our cause but they actually have no idea what they are talking about as it’s not happening to them or anyone close to them or they would know the reality of the pain,heartache and hardship is real and unfair and happening right now -they just presume and carry on to the next cause!!!! What matters we women of the 50’s stick together and fight for justice for every single one of us and to be heard where it matters…….together we will make a difference-we have nothing else to loose as the Gov has taken away our dignity of being able to look after ourselves in our retirement years by taking away the pension we have worked for and was rightly ours……we were not told to budget accordingly! I am 64-lost my husband 5 years ago…….I have used the savings we had saved to enjoy our retirement together to try and survive these traumatic years of living alone with no money coming in and being unwell because of anxiety and stress caused with all the worry how to carry on with still 2 years to go till I get my state pension ……..then I may not be entitled or inherit any of the 45 years of N.I. stamps my husband had …….there is no help after the first 52 weeks of receiving a bereavement allowance……..nothing there for us widows only available if I was on my pension…….I thought at 60 I was getting my State pension-I received no correspondence at the time stating otherwise…….hence the injustice !!
    Once again thank you all for giving us a Voice…….we want to be heard NOW!!!!!!!!!

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  83. We worked hard and were not rewarded. Some women are not able to work beyond 60 years especially in manual jobs. Many are also providing care to very old parents and to grandchildren which impacts their ability to earn and their own health. It’s a grave injustice to deprive them of pension for 6 years and without warning. Many are in poverty.

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  84. This was a contract that I would get my pension at 60years old no letter sent to say about the extra years I would have to wait for my pension I have paid 35 years of NI this my pension money that I have paid into not the government money this government has robbed my pension money I will get my pension at 65 years and 6 months.

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  85. I have done my home work today and had a maths lesson I have been robbed of £ 32, 330 so far by the DWP and I have another 2 and half years to wait for my pension as I have had 6 years added on. If I went out and robbed a bank of that amount I would be doing time behind bars its scandalous what the DWP have done to us 50s ladies worked since 15 paid in got a unbroken record as not been able to have children. I cannot believe I went online to the hmrc site yesterday and it said you need to pay another years NIS to get the full state pension I have worked 46 and half years solid already and more of the qualifying years which is set at 35( correct me if I’m wrong) but it’s time this mess was sorted out I feel like 3. 8 million women out there that I am getting punished for being a Women and being born in the 50s.1955….

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  86. I retired at 58 on a work pension. Thought I was at least going to get it at age 64. Now have to wait until almost 66. Thank you UNISON for taking this on.

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  87. What needs to be said is That Yes Some People My Be Living Longer? But are living with lots of different ailments. Cancer. Hip Operations e.t.c. I worked from 13. Pregnancy also takes a toll on women’s bodies. And why was mens retirement not put down to 60? If they wanted us to be equal.

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  88. I’ve worked a saturday job at 14 , and commenced training for a professional career from 16 onwards. Brought up 2 children whilst juggling work commitments. Born in the 1950’s I’m ready to retire but cannot afford to do so.

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  89. If men had been paid less than women, had been passed over for promotions because of their gender, had been required to get the approval of a female relative for a loan, had been expected to bear major caring responsibilities for young children and ageing parents and had generally been patronised throughout their lives, the male majority of Members of Parliament would never have voted for the cruel changes they so gleefully decided to impose, without either fair or adequate notice. I hope those who now claim to support 1950s women are not doing it purely for political gain. It is time to “man-up” and undo the significant damage they have done to those women born in the 1950s, who, for once in their lives, deserve a break. Many thanks to all genuine campaigners.

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  90. I had worked from leaving school in 1975 & have since had to retire 6 years ago due to ill health, with a small monthly pension. My health is getting worse. I will be 61 next month.

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  91. The government have committed fraud. We paid our dues and were promised state pension at 60. Then all of a sudden they change the rules. Where is the money that we paid in gone. Why was it taken from us. Deception springs to mind. Somebody high up ought to look i to the acvounts to see where our money went. Look at tbis realistically women have always been the poor relations regarding pensions. Women no matter who says different their bodies get worn out. Having current caring for them caring for the home and working full time.
    66 67 is one massive jump and disgraceful that it has been done. A crime has been committed Deception fraud……….
    Bring pension age for women back down to 60. Reimburse our money which we paid in.
    Come on somebody investigate the accounts where has the money gone.

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  92. Thank you so much for fighting for myself and all those ladies born in the 50s. I worked for royal mail for nearly 30 years as well as looking after my own children. It was hard work. I now look after my granddaughter and no money coming in for my own independence is so difficult to live with.

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  93. Thank you so much for fighting for myself and all those ladies born in the 50s. I worked for royal mail for nearly 30 years as well as looking after my own children. It was hard work. I now look after my granddaughter and no money coming in for my own independence is so difficult to live with.

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  94. I believe that the “Think Tank ” recommendation was thrown into the ring to make people think 66 is ok. It is ok for younger people who will have had 30 years or more to prepare-top up workplace pensions etc.. but for 50s ladies 66 is totally unacceptable. The speed this was imposed and lack of notification. As has been mentioned many times the discrimination women faced historically etc… will Ian Duncan Smith work until he is 75? Ridiculous suggestion and he had to have a Think Tank to conclude such a stupid idea. I really despair as to what motivates our government, common sense seems to fly out of the window. Thank goodness for Backto60 , Unison and David who really seems to understand the awfulness of this situation. I would love to be a volunteer but too exhausted to work and volunteer. Who will fill those slots? Where will younger people find work ? Can’t wait for result of JR.

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  95. I want my pension that wad dud to me I am 63 and was born 1956 I have worked from the age of 15 and I’m on chronic pain and still working some days I feel demented some people are judt not for to work anymore I have never made decent esgrs and am angry with the liked of Ann widdecombe who is clueless sbout real women The govetnment dont give a famn they are inhuman i have depression

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  96. I am a nurse working full time in palliative care. I have been nursing now for 43 years. I work full time and will have to continue until I am 66 as I cannot afford to do any other. Seeing what I see in my every day work, I truly believe the government/ DWP raised the pension age in the hope that by doing so, a lot of us would not be around to receive our state pension. When I started work, my pension age was meant to be 60. By now, I should be getting £730 a month state pension. I love my work but I don’t want to die before I get chance to have what is rightfully mine.
    WASPI,,,,,, so disappointed in you!!!! Backto60 for me all the way now💪🏼 You go people. Respect to you all!👏

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  97. Firstly thank you, to all groups for the continued battle for the 50s Womens pension, but please all keep together, divided we fall. Just why is WASPI going down a different settlement path to BackTo60?
    We just want, what we paid in. Just the money that is ours, nothing more, nothing less.

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    • This is so true. I didn’t agree to WASPI saying I would except anything but my entire dues. They have been fragmented for years. I am 65 this year. I am in serious debt. I never had children or any kind of benefit until I became my mum’s carer. How dare they try and settle for less. Disgusting.

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      • Me too Julia,i’m also 65 this year and in serious debt and the only way out is to get our money back which has be stolen from us.
        It is a terrible place to be in at our age.

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      • Money can’t be “stolen” if the promise of it was unfair in the first place. It was “stolen” from male tax-payers, who had to work five years longer than you and your fellow females, despite on average dying five years earlier, thereby receiving ten years less pension, and this despite on average work twice as hard as on average do your fellow females.

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      • How the hell can you say that Males work harder than females we have had our pensions stolen from us and we have paid nat ins all our working life and fully paid up and more besides into the gov coffers and should have our pensions at 60 and we dont all live longer than you men we lost both our mothers before our dads so chew on that one STEVE MOXON and stop posting your rubbish facts you are not helping anybody least of all your self.

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  98. If they got it right from the start then it would stop all the arguments its wrong that they keep putting up the pension age when the government can not get it right from the start who wants to work until they are seventy five just get on with it and it’s taking to long has it’s been going for some time you know what they say if they are up to doing there job then they deserve it get some one who can.

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  99. I absolutely agree we women have had the biggest raw deal regarding this miss judgement of our pension given to us by our own government in our life time.

    We also left school at 15 years of age not 16 years so another 12 months of our worked life has been added to the greedy government’s pot of money.

    If this is how it is going to be i feel saddened for the hardship of many women who have become ill in their later lives some of which will not be alive today or in the near future.

    The M.P.’s that are acting for us and all the other men and women behind the scenes i thank you for all the time effort and hard work you have done. We together will never give up hope on this injustice brought upon us and we will never give up supporting this cause.

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  100. Like you all I patiently await the judgement on our pension review. The passion of us all to get what’s rightfully ours is heartwarming. We can achieve anything when we pull together and work as one.
    I think it advisable that until we receive the outcome on our judgement we do not muddy the ground with other groups pulling in other directions.
    My concerns are clear, we know what trickery this government and it’s agencies pull. They will be elated at an easy option out of the scenario they’re now in. Naturally they would jump at the chance of paying us some token pension. Well they can forget that, we are owed the full state pension and that’s what we will get. So the fight will go on and on until the government sorts it out.
    Back to 60 have added strength to our cause they’ve fought hard to uncover lies, fraudulent activity and calculated malpractice and discrimination.
    Any group stirring up a hornet’s nest and making any other claims at this precise moment in time makes no sense at all. I struggle to understand why any group would want any other than to await the judicial judgement.
    I can’t help but think with the government think tank suddenly wanting to increase state pension to 75 and now a supposed Waspi Ltd statement are all a ploy to stir up ill feeling and take the high priority from our case. Distracting from the task in hand.
    We all want the judicial outcome and have a few weeks to go. We all want and deserve quality of life and to live and enjoy our final years.
    We don’t deserve the hand we’ve been dealt but justice will out.
    Dee

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  101. I totally agree there should be no loans but full restitution of our state pension and all back money paid to us. I don’t read newspapers but has there been any articles about our fight for justice in the newspapers also I have not heard any news reports either. Are the media in the governments pockets?
    It would be great to have them back us up too. The only comments I’ve heard were the post on the radio via these emails from David.
    These politicians do not deserve any of our votes when they can treat us like this, it’s a disgrace.

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  102. I totally agree with the actions Back to 60 are taking.
    I have Asperger’s Syndrome, (mild autism), and I’ve read only 16% of adults with that diagnosis are in full time employment.
    Due to unremitting anxiety, an eating disorder, and hearing voices, I wasn’t able to cope with a full time job until I was in my thirties.
    It then came as a terrible shock to realise that I would have to work until I was 66.
    I also have twin grandchildren, 19 months old, and have cashed in my private pension so I can drop a day a week, to look after them one day a week.
    There must be many other women, who have an invisible disability, who are having this injustice imposed on them.
    We mustn’t let the government get away with this.

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  103. Constantly trying to increase state pension age will devastate families even more. Like many grandparents I look after my daughter’s children two days a week. I dropped days at work by taking my work pension early so my daughter and son in law could afford a shared ownership property. I have built a wonderful bond with my grandchildren but if state pension isn’t paid until 70 how will families cope? Intergenerational relationships are so important and yet they are being destroyed with misleading comments such as ” working until 70 is good for you” . Let’s go back a step and cherish our families and let the kids cook buns with grandma not go to after school clubs. I want to enjoy my grandchildren as long as possible but my health is poor even though I am “only” 64. Still another 17 months to go , who would have thought that older age was going to be so traumatic? Even if it was revised to 63 that would be such a help. Please please let JR decision be fair.

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    • It would be ok to say 63 if you are older than 63 I’m 62 have another 4 yrs to wait. If we had known about it in 1995 then some of us could have made amends. I still have heard from DWP and I’m 2 yrs over the pension date. And there is no excuse. They sent me my self assessment every year. If it is to be added on and made 63 . They should at least give people 15 to 20 yrs notice. I’ve had none. Found out on a waspi bill board . A couple of months before. And it stinks . I’ve worked since I was 14 . Went to school 4 yrs 1 day old and paid my stamps . It should be reinstated for all . And notify the age to people that were born later than 1950/ 1960

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  104. To Kay
    I was trying to suggest a compromise – I should have retired at 60 so I have already worked over 4 and a half years past that. If it was 63 instead of another 4years you would only have to wait one. Of course, back to 60 would be the fairest let’s wait and see. It is tough.

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    • Hi Sheila
      I hope you didn’t think I knew what you meant. And yes I do say what your saying. And it hasn’t been good for any of us . You have obviously waited for 4 yrs or more . So you have know 4 yrs . That’s the point I was trying to make . Was I wasn’t even told still haven’t been informed by DWP . And no pension for 2yrs . You have know four 4 and have survived. Which is not good one bit . To me there should be a minimum of 10 to 15 yrs notice so people can make amends or try to . I have also said if my pension was reinstated. I would be well happy and not worried about compensation. But obviously people that are already having their pensions. Would want the compensation. I have also . Said a remark . Which didn’t go down to well . Someone moaning they only had £4.99 rise . If I was having my pension. I would gladly give up the rise . So others that got no pension. Will get something. The problem is we are all in different situations. And that’s where people won’t agree. So please don’t think I was having a go at you . Because I certainly wouldn’t do that . And to be honest with you. We would all like all our money back . But I really don’t think they will reinstate and compensate. But that’s purely my view. Take care . But I have always had a premonition that our money is going to be reinstated by November. Fingers crossed

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  105. My six year old grandson wanted to take the bus into town. We have one bus a day and it returns about 2 and a half hours later. I am disgusted that I had to pay £6.60 for a return ticket for me but if I lived in Scotland or London or other parts of England I would have free travel. So unfair and as I am unable to work due to ill-health I have low income. I can apply for a Blue Badge and I have been told that will entitle me to free bus travel of I am deemed eligble. So able-bodies individuals elsewhere can hop on a bus whereas I have to “prove” I have difficulty walking a certain distance at the age of 64 year and 7 months. Why is everything so unfair? Now I have to pay for a photo incase I am successful, more expense I can barely afford. Also, the winter fuel allowance was paid to everyone over 60 even if they were in full-time work, I live on my own in a cold, rural property but will not get a penny until I am 66. Money was given out to all and sundry now people who really need help are tossed aside.
    Now everything is focussed on Brexit and a possible election. Who on earth should we vote for if no decision from JR by then? I need my pension, not want, NEED.

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  106. Thank you all for fighting this injustice. Luckily my health is good as I cannot retire till December 2020. Some women are in far worse situations and without BackTo60 intervention they would have no hope.

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  107. Thank you for your work on this issue. Very much appreciated.
    With a General Election most likely very soon all should ask what the various candidates position is on Back to 60!!! A vote winner !

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  108. I’ve worked since I was 16 and despite my medical condition at the time. I was a hard worker. I worked long hours.

    I don’t want a bridging loan or a reduced pension for life; I want what’s rightfully mine and which successive governments have taken from me.

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  109. What on earth are waspi trying to do ?
    Do they not understand how unjust it would be to 3.8 million women who have been robbed of what they have worked for all thier lives.
    I do not want any bridging pension I want what is rightfully mine MY PENSION IN FULL
    #backto 60 keep up the good work your team has been magnificent.

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  110. I can’t believe WASPI have no backbone for this. Thank God for Back to Sixty. I don’t want a bridging loan. I want the money they took from my salary every month for 40 years. It’s mine. I earned it. Working full time all my life in the Civil Service and local government. Wimps they are. Makes me even angrier than I already was and am every wretched day.

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  111. I finally start getting my pension later this month on 19 September. I applied online in June and did not hear anything apart from the initial response giving me a reference number and saying my application had been dealt with. When I made enquiries by telephone last week I was told that it hadn’t been activated! I was also informed that I would not get a full pension because I only qualified for 30 years but I could buy another 5 years if I wanted to. When I said I had never received notice that to get a full pension I needed 35 years in stamps I was told it was “ON THE NEWS AND I SHOULD HAVE BEEN PRO-ACTIVE’ If I decided to pay the extra 5 years it would take 15 years to break even, I’ll be almost 81 years old by then, if I’m still here! So not only has my pension been stolen for 5.5years they’ve also added another 5 years, they are stealing almost £25 a week every week from the pension that I now get. They should all be ashamed of themselves. I’m one of the lucky ones who has a supportive husband but so many women in our age group are on their own and have to continue to work that makes this whole thing even more disgraceful. The people who implemented this should be ashamed of themselves!

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  112. I cannot believe that WASPI -who I have always supported – can muddy the waters like this. What does it matter how affected women get their money back as long as they do. Get a grip WASPI – this is not a competition. Please unite and in the words of Boris Johnson ..get it done.

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    • I’m confused what is the difference between WASPI and WASPI2918 groups -I’ve been cheated out of £49,969 and I want it back – NOW thank you Backto60 for keeping the fight going

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      • Hi everyone, I will be 63 next month and have worked firstly in Saturday jobs, extremely low paid, since I was 12 then when I left school I started work full time until I had my children. When I asked my employer, Glasgow Corporation, could I go back to work after having my first baby, I was told that under no circumstances could I keep working as it was my job to be at home with my children. After having my children I worked part time until they were old enough for me to return to work full time. I have just checked my pension projection with HMRC to see that I have 44 years fully paid. I will be entitled to £8900.62 as I am now 63 next month I will be owed £ 26,701.66 and I still have another 3 years to go which means I will have lost over £53,000.00. I feel like chaining myself to parliament gates like the suffragettes. It seems nothing has changed for us women despite being in the 21st century. The politicians should be ashamed of themselves but a big thank you to Back to 60 keep up the good work as we need you.

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  113. I was horrified when recently talking to a man born in the same month and year as me, gets his pension two months before me, where is the equality in that
    Thank you for all for the hard work you are putting into this campaign

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  114. Thank you all for your hard work on my behalf
    Im 64 with 49 years worked and due to illness I’m now on ESA £73 per week. I will not get my pension until Jan 2021 I suppose the Gov hope that most of us will be dead by then, what great money saving measures. I live in Northern Ireland have a good husband and family but I am an independent women who wants my money back. These people sitting in Government are not on the wage I earned.they will have big pension from there jobs and of course they are not concerned about us

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  115. Thank you to all at back to 60 for helping all us 50’s women, I started work at just 15 and have worked all my life, also bringing up two children, my husband paid all his NI in full, but sadly died when he was 63, I got widows pension for one year, so what happens to his pension? Oh that will be in the governments purse, I also looked after my mother with Alzheimer’s as my parents lived with us, again saving the government money, then they have also stolen my pension which I have been told I will get when I’m 66 another 3 years to go, I have a cat which has had to go to the vet recently, bills which I really can not afford. I signed up at 15 and was told I would retire at 60 with a pension, lies, lies, lies, they should not be able to move the goalposts, it’s very unfair, again thank you to Back to 60 fingers crossed that they come to their senses

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  116. Fantastic! well done to all who are fighting for women like me. I was bullied at work (The NHS senior management) and I had to retire at 60 due to management not supporting me to continue to work as I had so much time off sick due to chronic conditions. I have only a NHS pension that pays my bills I have to live off my husband’s pension and PIP in order to survive. Thank you so much fingers crossed for a good result from the judicial review. X

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  117. I have worked as a mental health nurse for almost forty years and at 63 yrs of age …continue to do so .
    I am physically and mentally exhausted and am expected to continue for another 3 years.
    My work carries a great deal of responsibility and entails physical interventions that carry a degree of risk
    I am expected to work 12 1/2 hr shifts and work day /night rotation.
    I am a widow so have only one income.
    I have paid NI contributions for 47 years.
    Is this fair ?
    We have been robbed.

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  118. This is amazing work you have done I was born December 54 so am still waiting for my state pension I have emailed my MP Charlie Elphick but unfortunately he would not sign although at the moment his whip has been suspended. I cannot comment on the backto60 Facebook page anymore why I don’t know but I wish you every success in the future work for the group do we have any idea when we will get the outcome from the judicial review ?

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  119. Why would I want a loan for something that is rightfully mine and by the way my deepest thanks to everyone working on behalf of all us ladies who have once again been ignored and treated deplorable. I thank all back to 60 for trying so hard on all our behalf, it’s a joke really ladies to think we will ever get equall rights when in this day and age we have had our pensions stolen so blatantly.

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  120. Thank you David for your continued support.
    This has turned into a long battle, even to be heard, never mind restitution.
    I don’t understand what WASPI women are trying to achieve- a loan to be paid back would be in nobody’s interest.
    Spend now, pay later maybe!
    All power to BackTo60!
    Eagerly awaiting the verdict of the judicial review 🙏🤞

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  121. I’m 62, still working and paid in 46 years if national insurance. My mhm us 72 and has cancer and i am unable to look after her. If we were able to retire at 60 then our elderly parents wouldn’t impact the care system because we would be able to care for them and save the government a huge amount of money. I hope they see sense and bring the retirement age back down. Do they realise it’s sex discrimination, men born in the 50’shad their retirement age increased by 1 year but women had theirs increased by 6yrs, how can that be fair

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  122. I’ve worked as a Nurse for decades & now I find myself unable to work at all. Due to all the heavy lifting over the years I now have severe neck & lower back problems. I have another 3 years before I can officially retire, which has left me in a position of having to jump through hoops for ESA. I should be entitled to PIP & Motability (because due to Neuropathy in both feet I can’t drive) but because I’m borderline; have to rely on my son helping me out financially; physically! I live in the Countryside & have to rely on taxis, which as you can imagine is expensive, so I only get out of the house once a week.

    I have never been as depressed as I am now, as my health is continuing to deteriorate, so being on benefits; not getting my pension, is only making life significantly stressful; miserable!

    I feel like many others that the Women born in the 1950’s have been targeted in such a way which is criminal. Many of us didn’t receive any information about our pensions until it was too late. I feel very cheated & it’s time the Government stepped up to help those that are in a similar position to me. There are many of us that are borderline Disabled, but because the Tory Government have increased the criteria to such a degree we are prisoners in our own homes.

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  123. I’m 62, paid in 46 yrs am unable to look after my 82yr old mother with cancer. It would save the Govt a fortune if we could look after our elderly parent and keep them out if the care system it’s sex discrimination men born jn the 50’s had an increase of one year but women born in the 50’s had an increase of 6 years, how can that be fair. I hope the government see sense and bring the retirement age back down

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  124. I agree that we should be paid I am 63 and have another 3 yes to go. I had to finish work 18 mths ago due to health problems. I too have worked from the age of 18 to 61 full time most of my life. No children hence no break. Hope something is done soon. I had never had letter from DWP

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  125. I want what was promised to me I have worked from 16 always been in a job I have worked for 46 years I have Spondylosis Rheumatoid Arthritis I can not finish I can’t afford to finish please give back what is do

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  126. On the article regarding waspi women I left this organisation all they do is confuse members in house fighting went on and I kepted getting emails from both groups who were arguing between themselves.

    So back60 please keep up the good work

    I’m 65 and 6 months had my state pension deferred twice!! How is this fair? Also made redundant in 2017 now working two jobs I want what I’m owed for past 5 half years.

    Been working since the age 15 it really disgusting how we have all been treated.

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  127. I wish Unison would legally challenge the changes which have been made to local government pensions over the years like the Teachers,doctors and fire brigade unions have done because my local government pension is far from gold plated ….

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  128. I have always worked from the age of 16 and believed in the fairness and justice of being a UK citizen, having paid my dues.

    Shameful that 50’s women are exploited by greedy and unscrupulous politicians. They ate supposed to represent the people and fight for justice, not refuse to stand up for what is clearly an injustice and immoral stand. DO what is right now, whilst these women are still alive to benefit from what they have worked for and earned. YOU can sort this if you want to and believe it should be rectified. We all need you to fight for us, please?

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  129. Thank you so much David (and all the Back to 60 group) for sticking with this. I sure certain people (my own MP included) hope that, like Brexit, if they ignore us and dither for long enough, we’ll just go away and let them have their own way. I appreciate you proving that will not be the case and am heartened and encouraged by the involvement of 3rd parties. The government should not be the only organisation allowed to renege on contracts honoured for 40 years plus by one party when anyone else would face prison sentences for what they have done. I am so impressed by what you have all achieved to date – here’s to justice really being done!

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  130. I’m same worked full time since I was 15yrs old. Paid in full tax and contributions. We deserve our pensions that we didn’t get at 60. We paid our Dues in . Yrs of work to recieve what is Rightly ours!! As we paid into it. With No written Information about age going up. At the time of getting our pensions. We’re all hurt as well as Insulted on this Fact!! To the 1950s Born. Women. It dosnt help being Independent living alone. In the 60s. Knowing that were not going to get Jobs. Now or Defanatly when your in your 70s. We Just want our money plus Compansation for all stress that has been caused through being Robbed of our pensions.

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  131. Thank so much for everything that you have done.
    My husband is terminal ill but I cannot afford to finish work. If I had a pension I could be with him to enjoy together the time left.

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  132. Hi all at BackTo60
    I am from N Ireland Have been nursing for over 36 yrs.Am now 61 and still having to work bank shifts in intensive care.
    Thank you all for giving us a strong voice.
    I watch and support you in anticipation of getting what we are owed.

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  133. Today,I am claiming sick pay after third hip replacement,and carpal tunnel op,waiting for another cp op,diabetic with neuropathy in fingers and feet,fibromyalgia,under active thyroid ,chronic kidney disease,pernicious anaemia, arthritis in hips knees toes shoulders,and they took my DLA and mobility benefit away from me,so I have no car,no wages,and no pension. The DWP sent a letter telling me I owed 400.00/from 8 years ago,I told them I have no money as my pension was stolen by DWP,and they sent a threatening letter from debt managers,and now they applied to work for deduction of the debt so I have nothing .No WAGE left,NO CAR and NO PENSION,am sure they think I am having a nice life.Thankyou DWP but I am not pretending, but the way you treat.people,you obviously believe very very few,so you can keep money for your world.What’s the point being in it,when your in my world!! .

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    • I have commented before and its so heartbreaking reading other women’s comments and struggles as myself having no pension in the years one expected to retire to enjoy life not struggle and worry about money -I lost my husband few years ago when I was 58 and have no idea if I can inherit my husband’s N.I. contributions to make up my shortfall to make up my pension which I will receive when I am 66- having raised a family and helping out with my grandkids! I have written months ago but have not received and answer to questions asked-hence what happened earlier and to all of us women of the 50’s no warning no correspondence was given to say I would not receive my pension at 60-just hearsay tom friends in similar situation having happened to them-thankfully we have campaigns highlighting our fight for justice !!!!!! I have no income coming in and spent the little savings we had saved towards plans we had made for our retirement together-what now??The little hope I have is we will receive justice and are paid back the money we have lost just because we are women born in the 50’s !!!! They say they don’t have the money to do this but you hear on the news when there is a disaster in another country the money becomes readily available and is given to help this comes from somewhere surely charity begins at home so to speak-afterall we only want back what was ours in the first place……we need help NOW !!All we want is what we were all expecting a pension at 60 not 66!!!!!!!The injust one reads in the comments on this website is real and happening now – proof we are struggling to live or exist from day to day when life should have been easier as all pensioners before us have enjoyed their later years of life and did not have to fight for what is rightly ours and what we were promised-the goalposts were moved-no help given to the women it affected just told on the news in the papers -together we have a voice-I hope we will make news headlines soon that we have been heard -every woman’s comment added will tmake a difference-United we are not giving up-we cannot as women’s lives depend on this outcome to be the right one!!!!!Thank you all who are fighting our plight…….together we unite — eventually they will have to listen…….we are not giving up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  134. At last something’s been done let’s hope boris is going to back us women and give us our money back, come on boris we love 💖 you it’s only a phone call . You might need our vote.

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  135. The campaign is an obscenity. Women have long been hugely overpaid in pension given that 1. they retired five years earlier than men, 2. women on average get five years more pension than men because on average they live five years longer, & 3. women on average put in half the tax men do. Given these facts, genuine equality of women vis-a-vis men would mean they should not get any pension until they’re 71, not 66, and paid at half rate! [Yes, it’d be crazy, but it’s the WASPIs who are calling for true equality.]
    On top of all that, most women are subsidised by men so that women, unlike men, have the choice of working part-time or not at all, and in nice jobs that don’t have to entail maximising income, yet they still enjoy a lifestyle of the sort that requires full-time work in a competitive occupation (that men are obliged to do, not choose) — oh, and this continues when they walk out and instead of giving their fellah a refund claim endless alimony … and, get this, part of his pension!
    The inequalities are all in the other direction to what the WASPIs reckon. It is an appalling scandal that it has taken so long to bring the female pension age up to 65, which anyway is not remotely equality, as I’ve explained. Women need to grow up and stop imagining that they can be just walking over-entitlement lobbies. ‘Human rights’ my butt; it’s female having-cake-and-eating it, all over. Life is just one long gravy train if you’re female!

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    • I couldn’t disagree more with your views. Also some of your writings on your site that only men are competitive and denigration of the women’s rights movement are well out of line for the 21st century. This is an age when we have women fire chiefs, chief constables and detectives and they can fight in the armed forces. The idea that all male company boards are the only solution for competitive Britain is absurd.

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      • And ‘straw man’ of the year prize is awarded for the one about company boards. Nowhere have I argued even for men on company boards, never mind for them to be all men! The issue is the ignorant assumption that boards need to reflect the population when the sort of people who merit being on company boards are very unlike the population, and women on company boards — those even merely agreeing to it, never mind wanting to, or actually with the merit — are as unlike the vast majority of women as it’s possible to be. I research and write about the biological roots of human sociality and psychology, with a special interest in the sexes, and I can tell you that the evidence is overwhelming that competitiveness is a foundationally male trait and imperative, applying to most of what males do and are about. For females, competitiveness is highly restricted: female intra-sexual competitiveness for high mate-value pair-bond partners.
        As for ‘women’s rights’, not a single tenet of feminism withstands scrutiny, and that goes for Wollstonecraft and the suffragettes, as well as the current extreme bigot numpties. It’s hate-mongering Left backlash at root. Calling it out is anything but unwarranted denigration.

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      • What a thoroughly awful person you are. Nobody invited you to this party. Your opinion means nothing to me. Get off our site you obnoxious bully. Find someone on your intellectual level to play with. We are very busy. Scram !

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      • Hi Lorraine, I’m sure we would all like to know this. It’s certainly taking a while and I’m getting a bit anxious especially after this new woman has taken over at DWP.

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      • She is probably smoking her cigar and having a ball drinking. All their computers are crashing . They are not even paying tax credits. Changed it to universal credits. And they ain’t back dating it . They are adding it to your yearly payments. But offering a crisis loan . Total joke .they are a the moment. Thank good Anna subry gone . Don’t hold your breath. But I have said November. Before any news

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      • Thanks Kay let’s hope it goes our way. As 1950s women we’ve been subjected to enough. It’s time they paid us our dues.

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    • Who the hell is this Steve Moxon
      Jesus i can’t believe who he thinks he is. He reminds me of the old films. He wife in bed . And the maid has to put up with his dirty antics. Clean cook and keep quiet. When us women started work .at 14/15 we were told we had to work . 32yrs with full stamps . Well I can assure him. The woman have worked more than the 32 yrs . Been there to men’s. Bloody beck and call . Work clean feed the children and a lot bloody more. Christ what a silver spoon prat he his. I would dread to be his wife . He would have her over the scrubbing board in labour. And another thing Steven. When they changed the goal posy fof women. In 1995 2002 2005 2011 we were not told a bloody thing . Im still waiting for my letter yes . 2 yrs over my retirement date . It’s all bloody underhand. I only found out on a bill board. So if these dirty underhand politicians. Didn’t hid this from us. Some of us . Maybe would have been able to adjust. And that’s a maybe. Or could there have been a new policy made for us . That we could have strapped the kids on our bloody backs. And been able to work full time.. what a pompous Ashole you are. And to say I’m annoyed is a bloody under statement. Who the he’ll do you think you are. And with men like you. My good you can wonder why women don’t trust half the men . With your attitude. I think you should maybe have a bit of hardship im your life . ????? I wonder how old you are. And I wouldn’t have thought your mother would have allowed you to take this stand against women. Fend or please .

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      • We’ll Steve haven’t you stuck your head in a hornet’s nest here but maybe it gives you some sense of achievement.
        Firstly I apologise for God not giving you the kit to have children. I’m sure it was his greatest oversight. Had the shoe been on the other foot maybe it would have been a very different world.
        Secondly it is abundantly clear you have had a painful time at the hands of a woman or women in general. So I suggest you try to digest what you’ve said and this may give you an idea as to where your going wrong.
        Thirdly women born in the 50’s were brought up to treat men like god’s. Men were the breadwinners women the child rearing, home making second rate citizens that covered all menial tasks dished out to them. The era was women had to put up and shut up and had no voice.
        That time has gone, women thank God are in the highest paid jobs. They don’t have to work at the same job getting less pay because equality is here.
        We had no equality, we had no voice. We do now… and we will use them. Sorry that may also be your problem.
        Males supporting our cause know what the 50’s women have been through. They also know our pensions were fraudulently taken from us by the government.
        I suggest whilst you sit typing out your next venomous message you read up on history.
        Dee

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      • Ah the old cod psychologising. More predictable hooey.
        You need to read up on the research into women and work. Catherine Hakim is the leading expert: several very good, detailed recent books. The pattern of work of women today is hardly much changed to decades ago. The great majority of women wish to work part-time if at all, and in jobs that fit with their lives and with good conditions. Their criteria is not pay, prospects, career. This becomes ever more the case the higher the proportion of women feel obliged to work. Hence the ‘gender pay gap’ [sic] has been rising in Sweden since the mid 1980s.
        Men & women don’t change; only dumb ideology.

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      • Well done Kay / my sentiments too. I can’t believe what this man states . He needs to be in the real world! I am waiting for my pension – now 13 months / had to take early retirement due to stress related problems. We deserve our pension now

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      • It’s the real world I’m citing, which escapes you and your ilk, evidently.
        You’d do well to get acquainted with it: current inanity about the sexes is set to implode along with the rest of ‘identity politics’ as it dawns on people what it is and where it came from.

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      • Caricature, or what? Try reading up a little, try not swallowing the ideological nonsense, and then try less projecting mirror images of your own politics on to others, eh?
        Now let me see: where is the factual error? … Nope, there isn’t one. Women really were on average getting ten years more pension than men after on average paying in only half the tax. No problem with that at all then. Clearly it must be discrimination against women. Why couldn’t I see ?!

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      • And the point in question is. I worked full time . From 14 . Yes full time and done extra work at night. And then started my own business. Yes employing. 15 men . And didn’t have a 5 day a week. Sat pressing buttons. 7days a week around the clock. And had two children. And when I did have a night out . Had a phone stuck to my ear . Sorting the drivers and trucks out. And done it for 3 yrs on my own . But then again. My husband was away 5 days a week. Yes so it was all down to me . And then started another Buisness. Employed 4 men 1 women. Another 7 day a week job. And paid my stamps up to day. So that’s my point . We don’t all go to work for 8 hrs a day . And I probably would have had . More energy now if that was the case. So how dare you assume. That we all done a few hours. And paid in less . And maybe they will print the full reply on this one. Or did you vet it . And delete half of it . Because it hit a few nails in the head. Or are you another one that only tells half of the story. And yes maybe I don’t put it in big words . For people to dissect . But I make my point clear

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      • And yes I will apologise because I noticed now it has been put on it full. But I certainly won’t apologise for anything else . That’s the way I feel. And if the cap fits wear it . Because I ain’t one of these women. That sit back and allow people to walk over me

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      • Quite funny how all my messages are in waiting to dissect. Before putting out the full reply ????. I have always praised David Hencke. But after my messages being vetted before replies sent . I beg to differ . Or is this another one like Facebook. They shut you down because . They don’t like your reply

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      • Hi that’s funny Kay because my messages have not been shown either and I’m not sure why. Come on David we all want our voices heard as all of our stories are showing that we are all hard workers and contributed to this country and most of us still are one way or another. Thanks Kay for highlighting this.

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      • hi all. I was out last night in London at the theatre (Peer Gynt at the National and didn’t get back to 1.0 am) so I did not get round to put any comments up. I have just put up a load of comments up to catch up.

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      • Thanks David but I’m now refusing to read any more comments from Steve Moxon as he is such a moron and we are all upset enough about this situation. Do you have any idea when the results of the judicial revue will be out?

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      • Me too. I think he has had his pennyworth and is obviously an obsessive over this – so I think his time is up on this website. He’ll have to find somewhere else to comment. I normally try to cover all views on comments- even if I wholly disagree with them. But I don’t want the site to be his platform – he already has his own website where he can propagate his views.

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      • Thanks David .
        I have always been a great fan of yours. But to be referred to as a caricature. By that Steven Moron . Is a bit low.. spelt like that on purpose. I am totally disgusted with his attitude at women.dont know who he thinks he is
        . Seems to me he was born with a silver spoon. Just curious as to what is age is .

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      • He looks middle aged with a lot of time on his hands. He has his own website under his name – full of long winded and almost unreadable articles mainly attacking the role of women in society and trying to rewrite the history of the suffragette movement. He doesn’t open himself to peer review over his academic articles and seems to think his time has come thanks to the current upheaval in society. Very self opinionated and definitely of the ilk who believe all men have been cheated.

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      • Would like to see less name calling between this Stephen and others ; better to use the site to tell the stories of women and families affected and also importantly how to keep positive and how to continue to fight for those women affected getting older and poorer every year that passes by. Thanks

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  136. I personally thought Steve Nixon’s comments had to be tongue in cheek. I am nearly 65 still work for the civil service. I have worked since I was seventeen, had 3 children and continued to work alongside raising them and took on the majority of the household running. I have cared for my Mother as her health declined and supported my daughter and her children following a divorce. Thankfully my health is good but I feel that I will have earned my pension having worked since 1972 when I finally receive it next year. All be it I will have lost approximately £50.232 in the six years extended wait.

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    • Well of course you see the presentation of reality as tongue-in-cheek; such are the evolved default pro-female (and anti-male) attitudes we all share blinding us to it.
      If you were to get pension payment to cover the years from aged 60 to 66, then I would be owed the same for the same period. It’s called equality. It’s strange that the very people screaming for it here are unaware of it. But that’s those evolved default pro-female (and anti-male) attitudes for you.
      Actually, of course, I’d require a payment from aged 55, given that I’m likely to die five years earlier than you. And really at twice the rate, since my sex puts in twice what yours does ….. all in the name of equality, again. And don’t look askance at me: I wasn’t the one who opened this can of worms.

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      • Steve I think you’ve had your enjoyment and you’ve reached the end.

        Whilst I struggle to get my head around you wanting to make women in the 50’s lives more miserable than they already are. Your sadistical tirades have achieved just what you wanted.

        Your life must be incredibly sad but as they say life is what you make it. You certainly wish to make yours and others a misery. So I suggest the back to 50’s women give you the space and response you deserve…NONE.

        May I also suggest you get a job where you need to work long shifts as you have far to much time on your hands. You obviously need to keep yourself occupied.

        Who knows if you changed your attitude you might actually get to like women, however that is extremely doubtful.

        In the mean time get a life.

        Dee

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      • You wouldn’t know where to begin to assess anything about the sexes. Try reading up some science, and the actual history of the franchise. First you need to understand the basis of the sexes and how they are in some ways very separate and in others ‘symbiotic’, as it were. Otherwise notions about equality are way off the mark.

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      • My age 62 started work at 14. Worked in factories and bar waitress work . Then started a heavy haulage Buisness. Employing 15 men . Yes 13 artics and drove and loaded them . Two 7.5 lorries and 2 transits and one 16 ton lorries. Organised the Buisness. Drove the vehicles loaded them , done vat . Accounts ins wages. And everything else to do with the Buisness Had two kids 2 dogs . Then started a taxi chauffeur Buisness. Employing 7 people. So don’t even think or tell me I know nothing about life . Equality my ass . Or tell me to read up on it . Ask most men what they done when they came home from work . As I said before you are nothing but a pompous Ashole. That thinks the world owe’s you something and women are lower than you . Go back on your own blogs as David Henke said you are a nothing and a nobody

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  137. Time to disappear of this site . Steven moron . Because we are all done with your arrogance. Go play on the M4. Because you are not worth our breath . Enjoy your sad life

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      • Well done. You have to have a party to celebrate your victory today. You managed to let this crap government keep our money. I hope you are happy. May your life be filled with joy. May they waste it wisely to your satisfaction. Oh yeah they can’t. They spent it already.

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  138. i just want what I thought I was entitled too at 60 ,after working from 16 paying all my insurances and taxes , with a 4 yr break to bring up 2 children , now still having to work till 66 ,come on give women a break !!!

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    • The longer we are waiting for the result of the judicial review the more I’m thinking the DWP will worm there way out of given us back what we are owed.

      I have been working since the age of 15 paid my taxes N.I. I just hope I’m wrong but I really can’t see them paying us back what we are entitled too.

      We might get some sort of top-up but even that’s going to be hard going.

      I’ve been in this position for the last 5 half years!! Wishing your life away counting down the months years from the age of 60 it’s not nice and I’m sure that’s what everyone else is doing as well it’s a waiting game.

      Also, I want to say about that stupid bloke who wrote in just ignore the crap coming out of his script I agree with another lady who said someone obviously, got to him in his life and actually ditch him not bad judge of the low life.

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      • This result today, is very disappointing for all women born in the 1950’s but I did expect this result as the longer we all waited they are colluding behind the scenes not to gives back what is owed.

        The best way to deal with this is too let them know how we feel by our vote the election is coming and you got to blame the labour government for starting this off with no thought and no care of the 1950’s women some are too sick to work some have two jobs and some are carrying on regardless.

        But we have the vote they want us to go away but we won’t we will keep plugging away till they recognise we are standing up for ourselves if this was men who had to wait 5-6 years for there state pension the unions would be fighting there corner all the way. Yes, we’ve had support but not enough from the right people.

        Don’t let them get you down vote with you mind not your heart weigh up who to vote for and make the right decision for you.

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      • I agree . My partner said last night women ask for equal rights. I said bit we didn’t have the opportunity’s the same as men . With occupational pensions. Also I said when was you expecting to retire . He said 65. Not 67 . Well there’s your answer then ours was due at 60 . Not 66 . That’s 4yrs extra . And you had kids who look after them . There’s another answer. Tomorrow when you come home from work . Your cooking your own dinner and washing your clothes & dishes, debate over I might add . And then I said . I’ve waited 2 yrs si same as you. . So I should have my pension now. You always expected yours at 65. He was only joking though . I truly believe. They Didnt give us our pensions back . Because the men would have said . Not all but we won’t ours back dated to 65 . More money for them to pay . Our argument was we haven’t been told for over 20 yrs . If we had some of us could have made provisions. Another problem who do you vote for labour and the tories have been in all the time the law was changed. So to me there is a big problem with all parties. It’s all hidden from us . Whether pensions or different policies. We never know . And we the people are the voters so before they change laws we should all be allowed to vote . Parties in your own area’s. Lie to get votes . Tell people anything. And then do nothing

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      • Yes, you are right about both parties and conservatives speeded the process up but the lily liveried liberal s aren’t much good either.

        I don’t know the answer but I think if, we have the right people on our side we might of stood a chance even if, boris made a big fuss about things.

        But Brexit has taken over everything. My husband has supported me he’s the last group of men to get his pension before it goes up wait for it one year!! For men.

        I have only just got mine after waiting 5 years and 7 months they pushed the pension age extended another 18 months when I reach 53!!

        I just feel it’s about justice, which we don’t have why is this not in the news or documentaries made about all the women on there own with no support how there going to cope? I’ve heard there sending people for apprenticeship at over 60 to retrain where are the jobs for these people.

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  139. Godless the back to 60 campaign let’s pray this government and future government will do right justice for all the 50’s born women keep the good work up United we shall win . Judgement day will come. Tript a Khanna 1950’s women.

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  140. You’re very grumpy old man !
    We were given no notice of any change
    It’s old men like you make decisions in parliament falling asleep
    And getting paid for it live in the real world of the working class, don’t be so bitter.

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    • Dumped and abandoned. Cruel savage decision. Spent all day yesterday in shock. Today bitter angry and determined to not let this be the end. It can’t be. I have to believe it can’t be. 😡

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  141. Hi David
    I am trying to get an answer about this 18 month wait for our SP.
    Nobody is replying to me, after asking 3 MP’s including JR-Mogg MP. He is the one that commented after the High Court decision mentioning it.
    Jackie Jones MEP, and Chris Elmore. MP
    Can you please question it, as not one of the 50’s Ladies are waiting f 18 months, its 6 years minimum.

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    • Hi Pamela, I’m sorry to inform you that your wasting your valuable time appealing to BJ or Hogg it’s already pre-ordained what their actions on behalf of 50s women’s claim is, they’re stringing everybody along with false statements perfidy & obfuscation, put your energies into supporting the groups of women whose Challenging the Tory’s & forming lobby groups to vote against them in the upcoming GE these MPs are Liars & deceivers & will mislead you into a false sense of security to achieve your vote, don’t delude yourself the remedy is not channeling your efforts down this route ?

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  142. John bercow has just retired as speaker in house of commons at age 56 How come I work in a nursery class with 3 and 4 yr olds and I m expected to work till I’m 66. I’m now 60 and should be retired. Not retired just tired. I have now got to work outside every 2nd week in the West coast of Scotland whatever the weather were outside 2 wk Rota doesn’t matter if your 60 or 16 if it’s your turn outside then your out.

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