Labour’s top people start at last to move to compensate 1950s born women pension losers

In conversation at the private meeting. Left to Right: Moira Ramage, prospective Labour Parliamentary candidate for Paisley and renfrewshire South;myself; Laura Alvarez and Baroness Blower

Senior Labour figures are preparing to improve their offer to compensate 3.8 million women born in the 1950s who are facing hardship by having to wait up to six years for their pensions.

John McDonnell, the shadow chancellor, indicated that the party is now looking at a new offer as the general election approaches.

 He made the comment after a private meeting at Labour’s annual conference this week organised by his office which enabled leading figures from campaigning organisations fighting the women’s cause to pitch their case to senior people from the Labour Party.

The meeting came as the two largest trade unions affiliated to Labour, Unison and Unite, backed the case for full restitution for the women. Len McCluskey, leader of Unite, personally endorsed full restitution, in a tweet. The party is also discussing putting the offer in its general election manifesto.

Among the leading figures at the meeting were Laura Alvarez, the wife of Jeremy Corbyn: Andy Whitaker and Rory Macqueen respectively head of strategic communications and chief economic adviser at John McDonnell’s office; Mike Amesbury, shadow employment minister, and Fran Springfield, co chair of Labour’s disability organisation and one of the people drawing up the party’s manifesto. Mr McDonnell came to the end of the meeting.

The whole cast of #50swomen and their supporters at the meeting pose for the camera

The organisations represented included BackTo60, Waspi Scotland, Waspi Ltd and Waspi 2018.

 They were backed up by two women from Unison in Wales, Lianne Dallimore and Mac Hawkins who also addressed the meeting.

Jackie Jones, Labour MEP for Wales, also pressed the case for full restitution and explained how it come done by a special temporary measure through Parliament using the UN Convention on the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women (CEDAW) which was ratified by Margaret t5hatcher in 1986. This allows the money to be paid without amending the present pension age of 66 for men and women.

At present Labour’s offer is confined to backdating payments for two years from 66 to 64  for 1950s born women but no further compensation.

Labour is also waiting the result of the judicial review held in June where Michael Mansfield, QWC put the case for full restitution for all 50s women. It has now been announced it will report on October 3 – next Thursday.

Among other people who attended the meeting were Christine Blower, former general secretary of the National union of Teachers, who is about to be ennobled as Baroness Blower; Labour MP for Ipswich Sandy Martin; Labour MEPs Jude Kirton-Darling and Richard Corbett. Moira Ramage, prospective Labour candidate for Paisley and Renfrewshire South.

114 thoughts on “Labour’s top people start at last to move to compensate 1950s born women pension losers

    • i am sick to death of hearing about hair brained schemes the government is spending money on eg drones for srilanka a garden bridge an over budgeted train line to take 20 mins off a journey faster broadband!!! then i hear that thomas cook has already been bailed out once while the md has had an 8 million pound bonus in the last few months among other greedy im all right jack bosses and the government has paid out over 60 million to clean up their mess and 50s women are in the financial shit since the govt have robbed us to give our money to this lot i could scream with anger and frustration except at 62 i have had a heart attack and am left with heart failure ( living longer? i dont think so ) and still had the indignity of having to be assessed by the dwp and now waiting for their decision how dare they use my money for all this i worked since i was 14

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      • I completely agree with you Helen, they have total disregard for us! I have been out of work for years due to an injury, unable to claim anything, as my husband is still working and we have a little bit of savings. Now at 63 I am without any income, and my husband is still having to work at almost 68 because we can’t afford to live if he doesn’t! He is currently off work sick with an arthritic knee but worrying about getting back as we can’t afford to live on sick pay! It is all wrong! The government has robbed me of around £40,000 without notice!! This can’t be legal or fair!!

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      • Agree totally. What I want to know is why should a woman have to rely on her husband to keep her. Both parties have paid into the system if they have worked. It sickens me that the Govt can find a way to screw with you as long as they don’t have to pay! This is a scandal of the highest order.

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    • Really. I have as other 1950’s women paid in all our lives. Denied equal pay, any sort of pension and now we are the ones once again to suffer. Expected it from Tories but not from Labour – we are the generation who built this country, so where are you now when we need you?

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    • A step in the right direction labour but still not good enough I’ve lost 4 years of pension not 2 years we are still being robbed. I look forward to the JR result next thurs I am sure it will be good news got to keep thinking positive.

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      • I agree, Janet Escott,…..The goal posts were moved twice for me (without notice) & having to wait this long has erroded all my savings…I want full 5yrs compensated for. I realise that I am fortunate not to have had to sell up to survive, but some women have had to do so. Why should we not have full recompense if the judgement rules in our favour ?

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      • I feel that the JR will rule for full compensation for 50’s ladies. I hope this will be the case, as anything less would be an insult !

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      • Totally agree – my savings have also evaporated – just keeping my head above water even though I am working 4 days a week (the remaining 3 days looking after grandchildren/elderly parents) and no state pension in sight until July 2020 when I will be 65 and 11 months and will have worked a full 50 years ! Too depressing to think about – just hoping for justice NOW !

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    • Pension Reformers United want a whole shake up and reform of the existing pension system. In more detail we’d like to see some additional redress for and including frozen pensions and the 1960’s born ladies. The system is currently not fit for purpose and we don’t want to campaign for another group when the 1950’s ladies issue is resolved. (If ever). So we’d like a commitment to get a decent and equally supportive pension for all those who pay NI. I don’t think that’s too much to ask as at present it’s a totally FUBAR pension system which is very unfair to lots of people. We pay NI in good faith, so give us a decent pension for all. Well done to David and Backto60 but there are many other pension anomalies to consider too.

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  1. Thank you for the update. A tiny chink of light in a gloomy picture of women (and men) forced to work on beyond their promised retirement ages. 1950s women hit first and hardest in many ways but I urge politicians to review the decision to raise the ages for 1960s women to 67 and for everybody to 68. 1960s women have now had a rise of 7 years despite starting work thinking it was 60 and have the short straw of having to work for 51 years with very little notice of the change. Very unfair. Biggest increase than anybody else. And 68+ is too old for anybody to be forced to work. Work on if you want to but please introduce flexibility with a basic age of around 60/63. We can afford it and it would be good for the economy and the health service.

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    • I don’t think everyone would agree that they can afford to work until 63/ but I can see your point on 1960 being 66 when they receive their pensions. The difference would be they would have more time as they knew in advance to be able to possibly budget for the extra years . In a lot of 1950 women. They weren’t told . So had no option to make different provisions. I still haven’t been notified. And am gone 62 . Only found out on a bill board a couple of months before. And that’s where the problem caused chaos

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      • The retirement age should be reviewed. If 63 for all is acceptable for the majority, that would be an option, going forward. The point is it was 60/65 since the 1940s and was changed arbitrarily without asking or notifying. And that includes 1960s born women as well as 1950s. No difference in their situation except for individuals having a variety of ad hoc increases forced upon them. 7 years for most 1960s born and no they didn’t necessarily know before a 1950s born woman. Some found out after, if they know now. And what use is knowing for a year or so compared to receiving a year’s pension? Worthless. Many don’t have full time, well paid jobs that means ‘great, we can add 7 years more salary to our bank balances and pensions’! If they were in such jobs they would no doubt take early retirement and wouldn’t give a damn about the state pension. It is for the unseen, silent, ignored majority of 1950/60s girls that this fight is important. But also for their daughters and the next generation. As ever, we are seeing women fighting for society as a whole because we care.

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      • I couldn’t agree more . If they change the pension age . They should at least be given 20 yrs to make provisions. They might have a chance then . Or don’t pay the part nhs and tax and they can save it . Everyone should have a choice. The thing is . It’s not just 3.8 million people now. That it’s affecting it’s the younger generation as well . Magret thatcher did bring a law in . That we women must not be discriminated. This will probably help the case. Although she made many mistakes. That was one good thing she done

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    • I was born in 1955, I left school aged 15/16 started work, thought I would retire at 60 bu at age 58 was informed I would not get my pension until I was 63 and 10 months, then I was told that was changed to 65 then I was told that was changed to 66. By the time I retire I will have worked 51 years and had 4 retirement ages. I doubt anyone has suffered under such short notice goal post moving chaos the way the 1950’s women have.

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      • I fully agree with you. I’m 63 now, born in 1956, and having had a nursing career, managed a specialist unit for people with severe mental illness, and been a manager in supported housing, I also managed to have 3 children and work full time – out of necessity, not choice. I have also been a full time carer for my now 32 year old son who has Down’s syndrome and autism. Having worked since the age of 16, how I looked forward to retiring from the paid job at 60 to focus on caring for my son, and trying to have a retirement with my husband. That was snatched away from me. In 2017 my husband had a cancer diagnosis. I now have to manage on £66 per week (taxable) carers allowance and all of our savings have gone. The stress is unbearable. At this rate I won’t live to get the state pension I have paid so much into. Full time carers should still get their full pension at 60 regardless of anything else.

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    • The solution for this mess is for sharper minds than mine. That’s why a wide ranging pension review /consultation should take place before any changes implemented. I was repeating an idea of a retirement age of 63 going forward. If it is to be the same for men and women. It might be 65 or 60…
      The trouble is, now its gone up, men will complain if others get it earlier than them!
      But if you were born in 1950/60s and started work with a retirement date in mind (the one promised by Govt of 60/65) and you have paid enough NI, I believe there is a strong argument for saying you should get it at that promised age. Not enough notice was given to change it, especially so drastically.

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    • Funny how they’re only talking about maybe doing something about the 50s women, because there’s going to be a general election upcoming! Tactics for more votes me thinks!. I’m one of the 50s women affected but still won’t vote Labour while Corbyn is leader as he has no respect for any woman, let alone us 50s women!

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  2. Not good enough although a step in the right direction. Everyone should get their pension restored from when they turned 60. There is no excuse for this not to happen.

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  3. I really don’t believe they will do this . It’s just another way of getting votes for the general election. It’s money we paid in so we are entitled to it

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  4. Its appalling for any woman born in fifties having worked all our lives still having to work and still paying contributions it’s a hard struggle I’m crossing my fingers .

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  5. Full repayment of our dues is the only acceptable move! No fiddling around at the edges. All of us have been treated abominably and I believe politicians thought we were just 1950’s women who would not really stand up for our rights! How wrong everybody was! We have a voice and a strong case for our pensions for which we have worked. I have worked full time since 1979 and brought up my children and supported my husband in his job. Do Innot deserve some me time now?!

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      • I agree it’s the only way to go . Because if they reinstate . There are people that have had nothing for up to 5 yrs others 1/2/3/4 . Part reinstated will be the same . Because others won’t be happy. The only fare way will be reinstate and compensation

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  6. The sad thing is that Labour will offer/promise you the moon on a stick if you will vote for them. Some people have a very short memory – remember the note they left in the treasury last time they were in power.
    Empty heads vote them in (Labour)
    Empty wallets vote them out
    Its about time the result of the JR is published – I presume it will be a 3:30 on a Friday afternoon job – or the 31st October
    Government will appeal if they find in your favour and it will just drag on and on
    Raise money to put up candidates at the next election in every ward – form a backto60 political party – get 5-6000 women in each ward to vote for your candidate + family and friends
    This is the only way you are going to get anywhere – Labour will just make you worse off in the end

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    • I think the same . If the case is thrown out . Then there will be more people making more noise . More cases . Labour only want votes

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    • Too many hypocrites & too much economic naivity, bad aliegencies, for me to ever contemplate voting Labour….I have canvassed the 1950’s women Tories, but so far no luck there. Maybe it will change after the imminent General election…? Our favourable judgement will make it very hard for Parliament to ignore our claims.

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    • What candidate ! We lost the case !
      They can change anybody pension now Without notice so why are they not telling the public this
      They can take your money and do what they like.
      This country needs a revolution by women 😡
      We save them millions by looking after the elderly.

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      • what the hell is going on when hard working decent women are allowed to be abused in this way its disgraceful and the government should be ashamed

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    • Do you think it will be announced the decision on Thursday. At 10 am or is there going to be more talks ??. I think the decision has been made and this is when it will be announced

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      • Kay – it appeared on the backto60 twitter feed literally 10s after I had posted my original reply – they will publish the decision and the reasoning behind the decision on that day. My wife has had her retirement stolen – we only found out as she approached 60 that her RP had been moved to 66. She received no notification and the DWP cannot produce a copy – even though I have asked them a number of times. I have stopped on at work now for 4 extra years so she could end work at 60. No matter how much money the Government now give her it won’t make up for the 4 years we have lost. And if this JR comes to nothing it will be another 2 years – I already have 48 years unbroken NIC’s so what am I paying in for. Wife had 44 years unbroken NIC’s. We have been robbed and mugged.
        I am heartbroken at some of the stories I read on the backto60 twitter feed – it makes me mad that in a prosperous country this could happen to so many women who have contributed so much

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      • It’s absolutely appalling the way they changed the goal post 4 times and didn’t tell anyone. We might have been able to make provisions. If we had known in 1995 hen they first brought it forward. It’s so annoying some people are able to work. Some not so fortunate. I was absolutely appalled. A couple of months again . When some women. Complained. She only had a rise of £4.99 . I did tell her if I was having my pension. I would gladly give the rise up . To help the ones more needy. There are some really selfish people out there . I personally think . That if the money is not reinstated. Then the 3.8 million people are going to go mad . They won’t just have 2 people taking them to court .and now 3.8 million backing them . Because it has now been made public. They will have a war on their hands. And we won’t give up . A old fashioned gent with good stance you are . To work extra for your wife . You were obviously brought up in the old fashioned way . Well done to you . A bit sad there are not all men out there like you . But unfortunately some have died some have divorced. Fingers crossed for Thursday

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  7. Not interested in token payments and pre election promises (been there, done that). We want all that is/was due to us regardless of which political party is in office – it should be non negotiable.

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  8. It will be marvellous if we win as I am 63 and been unable to work because of cancer I had to leave work ,don’t think I will live long enough to draw my pension if we don’t

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  9. It is not a benefit it’s what we worked for from the age of 15 if this was a personal pension company robbing people the government would be a asking how thay think that its fair to rob pensions

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  10. Oh her we go again. Labour promising
    More ??? Why because they want a extra 3.8 million votes. Before it was bring the pension back 2 yrs . To 64
    Without no compensation. I wouldn’t trust labour, let’s hope it is good news
    And when people vote in a election. Then it’s for numerous reasons. Not because they are promising this and that to get votes. The people voted for Brexit. And 3.8 million people are fighting for their pensions. And now the youngsters are realising it will affect them as well. If our pensions are
    Not reinstated. Then it won’t just be 2 people taking them to court . It will be 3:8 million people taking them to courts

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  11. I’ve been a Labour supporter all my life, but this smacks of pure electioneering ! It’s strange how for the past 5 /6 years there were very few politicians who would totally support our cause, now they’re coming at us from all angles so that we will vote them in. Sorry but it’s disgusting. There’s not one politician that I can safely trust, because there’s only a handful of principled politicians left. The rest are either self serving, ambitious or greedy individuals. They should be ashamed as it’s blatantly clear, they know us women who have struggled will accept anything they throw us. We have been marginalised and ignored….I’d like to tell them what I really think of them !!!

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  12. Brilliant news. Thanks for the update. I’m a member of the Labour Party and my confidence you ll do the right thing is being gratified. These women myself included have suffered over this and deserve compensation.

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    • This should not be regarded as a political football….seeing which party can come up with the promise of the best offer. We have had our pensions stolen. It is nothing less than fraud committed by successive governments. The minimum we should expect is our full pensions restored to us from when we each turned 60. Whichever party is in power,
      the funds should be legally restored to us.

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  13. I will be almost 66 by the time I receive my state pension and I have never had a letter at any time. I retired from my job 3 years ago thinking I would be ok for money. I not asking for anything I’m not entitled to, the government have our money and I hope the decision will be the correct one for all of us 50s women.

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  14. At Last the long awaited outcome of the Judicial Review, it has been an eternity to all of us women who are suffering poverty. I just hope the evidence given by Mr Eadie is treated in the same manner as that he gave against the Proroguing of Parliament and the Judges rule in the 1950s Women’s favour. Thank you for all your continued support, hopefully on Thursday us women will get Justice.

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  15. Why not make pension age 62 for ALL 1950’s women (many have already had it from that age) – that would seem a fair compromise to me

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  16. I am trying to stay possitive but almost 5yrs now with no pension is sickening me and the rest of the 3.5 million women forced to live in poverty by the goverment. Hopefully next weeks JR result will give us some hope , but I doubt I.ll ever see the £49.000 i.m owed having worked since 16 yrs old paying into state pension. I wish this group all the best.

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  17. I am very disappointed with this response from Labour xmas it should be support all 50s women get compensation not just for two years. If they don’t support is full They will loose my vote and vote of the many others .

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  18. Needs to be better than the offer of from 64. I think there was talk of reduced pension too. JR is ruled down 10am on Thursday, let’s hope it’s in our favour. The supreme Court shot Borid down because he didn’t debate prorouging parliament, well the prnsion act wasn’t either iy wad an amendment… Same rules should apply

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  19. Funny how they’re only talking about maybe doing something about the 50s women, because there’s going to be a general election upcoming! Tactics for more votes me thinks!. I’m one of the 50s women affected but still won’t vote Labour while Corbyn is leader as he has no respect for any woman, let alone us 50s women! I’ve just had my 65th birthday & have to wait another year for my pension. I’ve never received any letter or notification the goal posts have been moved twice!

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  20. Grey Swans pension activist group into next Labour government, demands state pension payment age from 1960s born men and women, who start turning 60 from next year, 2020, and are the next victims and are not within the Judicial Review judgement decision next week, Thursday 3 October, from 10am.

    Please ask your local UNISON and UNITE branch to ask your local union membership to vote to endorse Grey Swans, by those who support Labour already anyway, as Grey Swans is fighting for next Labour government, to pay better monthly state pension money, now that the 1950s ladies are back to retiring in big numbers, and the ladies retired before 2016 are left behind on £129.20 per week state pension, as well as the 1960s born now about to start retiring. Thanks.

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  21. No no no… I signed an agreement in the 1970’s from the age of 15 to pay full stamp to secure a pension in my own right and the government to pay it at the age of 60.
    I’m 62.5 and working 48 hour live in care work but only paid 28!
    I want the age to return to 60 until some intelligent human being can sort it out properly and fairly.
    I want my pension back dated by 2.5 years and COMPENSATING for the years I’ve lost! Anything less is still a theft!

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  22. I’m so scared that they will turn us down . trying to cope is such a strain .if I had known about this I would of put my mum in a care home , I left work to look after her with Alzheimer’s and vascular dementia 6 years I looked after her before she died.now I have no job ,bills outstanding everywhere no hope , until maybe now .let’s all cross everything for next Thursday 10.00.

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  23. This is really good its a struggle to get employed as people think your too old or not able physically. If you get ill it takes longer to get better and theres no alternative. Its not even an option to do volunteer work as money is an issue even though most of us do volunteer work. l am studying at masters level as loans have now become available up to sixty ( just in time for me l was 60 last November) Finances helped but still working and time taken up by work now have to do resits. It is a vicious circle and younger people arn’t getting the vacancies because we are still there.

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    • your right I had forgotten all about that . as I don’t drive I’m very restricted so a bus pass would at least be giving me more mobility .

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  24. Does this apply to all women who worked past the age of 60 for example what about women who had to work till 63 years instead of 60?

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  25. Well its very interesting all the comments but the main factor that all have been waiting for is the result of the JR who once again we must congratulate all the legal team Mr M Mansfield QC , Jackie Jones Joanne Welch and all other campaigns. We all hope this is a claim granted result from the court.

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  26. I do not want an offer.
    I want FULL RESTITUTION of the monies owed to be back to 60yrs old. Nothing less. If we win Judicial Review case we will be coming for our money

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  27. I’ve spent ages ‘googling’ to try & find out when the judicial review was due to report back & this was the only mention I could find which given the huge effort put into the campaign seems a strange as anti climax? Unless the groups are using Facebook as the main communication tool?

    Whilst I’m glad to hear Labours promise of ” when I’m 64″ I sadly think the latest neutral stance towards Brexit has blown their chances of winning the next election ( I’ll be delighted to if I’m wrong) in which case their promise will be meaningless.

    The argument for restoring our promised pension age for 50s born women have all been fully discussed so I won’t add to that. But I’m surprised about many of the comments against Labour …..who knowingly & deliberately robbed us of our Pensions thinking we were an easy target who would roll over & not fight back & who have blatantly lied and attempted to cover up the truth throughout this process ….oh , that would be the Conservative Party.

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      • Yes thank you David for publicising and your support of the campaign. Im not a fan of social media so I guess that’s why struggled to find info. Having arrived here I have now read several of your well written, researched & presented articles & shall return for more. Its so darn hard to find unbiased ,reliable news sources.

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  28. The outcome of the Judicial Review is without doubt the most significant issue that will either positively or negatively impact affect my quality of life for the next five years . I feel a bit like a child who cannot wait to see if Santa Claus brought me the presents I longed for whilst dreading that I might be profoundly disappointed.

    Can anyone explain how the outcome is likely to be communicated and the best media to tune into to hear the news as soon as possible?

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  29. Good for you guys
    We are so fortunate to have you on our side and taking up the cause. We can only hope that at last this injustice will be righted

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  30. Fantastic news you have all worked so hard just hoping this court case goes a head and we get our pensions back what we 60s ladies have worked so hard for some having to sell their houses me included to survive and was so looking forward to getting our pensions well done everybody and all who signed petitions me included

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  31. Good work ladies, I’m 61 in ill health and only got 4 more years of cancer treatment as well as having progressive MS and a Brain tumour and I’m having to work full time as I live on my own and don’t have a private pension so if it remains that I have to wait till I’m 66 for my state pension I’ll probably not live till then or I’ll be in a hospice. I have a good job with company car etc so someone possibly on benefits could take my position and all I want is my state pension which I’ve paid 45 years into working full time. I

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  32. That’s excellent news I’ve voted labour all my life and I-am one of those affected by the state pension change . I would be devastated if I had to cast my vote elsewhere

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  33. After reading the above article I am worried that the women born in mid 50 (1955) onwards will be forgotten.On seeing a article a few months ago that the women of the 50 can claim the free bus pass when keying in date of birth u only up to 1954 .Us women born from a 1955 have had our pension hiked first of all 65 then to 66 so please do not forget us Keep up the great work

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  34. It’s an offer, they can all put up offers for consideration and they can equally withdraw them at anytime …… It’s not what we signed up for, it’s not the pension we were promised when we started work.

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  35. I think accepting a Two year backdate for 1950’s women personally isn’t the right thing to do. We should all go for full compensation back to the age of 60.
    It wasn’t handled in the correct way right from the start. So the government need to learn from this.

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  36. I began work at fifteen in 1969 and upon the advice of my father always paid a full stamp. He believed that by doing this the system would look after me in old age. I retired at the end of July at age 65 years 2 months with 49 years worth of contributions. No state pension until January, no bus pass and no heating allowance. Let us pray for a fair outcome on Thursday with a reversal of the robbery that has taken place through the unscrupulous actions of successive Governments who have seen 1950’s women as a soft target. Many thanks to David, Michael, Joanne and Jackie who have worked so hard to get us justice.
    Jackie Bayliss (Newbury)

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  37. I only hope we get a fair response after working and paying for 50 years. I think we deserve to get the money it belongs to us we have already earned it. I’m still working st 66 almost and find it tough

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  38. Labour are not in power, nor is backdating pensions to 64 anywhere near full restitution so all this is conjecture. I & many other women want our pension from age 60 not some watered down half promise. They are not in any position to even do that because they are not sitting in government.

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  39. Thank you to back to 60 supporters for discussing our plight with the Labour Party. Please remind them that 3.8 million 50’s women have already paid massively into the system and that many of them, including myself were barred from taking out private pensions for many years. The money we are owed is not putting pressure on the younger generation. What has happened to all the money we paid in? The solution is true justice and not a hand out.

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  40. I was born in 1954 so still waiting to retire. Finally it will be next year – six years of waiting. I’ve also just found out that I won’t be getting full state pension because during these six years they have increased the national insurance paid up years to 35 instead of 30. I will have 32 by next year – another disadvantage. Thank you to Backto60 and all contributers for taking this injustice to court.

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  41. I am so shocked and disappointed at this decision. I was so sure that we would have won. I am thankful to everyone that has worked so hard on this and am sorry for them. I find it hard to take the reply from the court and think that they have been cowards.
    I hope that Boris thinks about us and does something about it. Unfortunately for us that Brexit is taking the forefront. Let us pray that we will be offered something.

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    • i am sickened disgraceful that we have to go to these lengths i hope the judges think of us when they return to their big warm houses expensive dinners with lovely wine sky tv and comfortable bank accounts i cant afford to put the heating on and its beans on toast for tea but hey after age 60 we are invisible

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      • I’m still feeling sick , for having worked all our lives been robbed blind by all governments since Tony Blair. and how highly we have found ourselves being thought of dismissed in 5 minutes . Perhaps we should just all go away curl up and die . that would solve their problem . please somebody tell me we are NOT . Surely we have to appeal to the supreme Court. Let’s fight for our lives

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  42. Totally disgusted by the weasel-worded decision of the court today. It is clearly an injustice of massive theft that has been dressed up in legal language and loopholes because it is the will of the prevailing government to evade yet another social responsibility. This ‘decision’ certainly doesn’t follow the spirit of the anti-discriminatory Pension Act. I am one of those most affected by having shockingly discovered in 2011 during a chance conversation at work that I would have to work on for another 8 + years. The only letter recieved from WPS was in 2012 – far too late – and then they moved our goalposts again! For much of my early working life I was barred from taking out a personal pension and have also been a skint single parent who was unable to work a full week and so did not accrue the number of years NI credits and will probably have to buy more. Others are probably worse off – but I am VERY angry on their behalf and quite willing to join any marches, demos and yell and swell any numbers who wish to shame these disgraceful toads. If we cannot rely on our politicians (of any stripe) and their legal representatives to support the mis-sold welfare and pension rights of working women – we should strike back – a Womens’ STRIKE!

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    • Hear, hear! I too was disgusted at the High Courts judgement. I can’t believe they came down on the side of men. It has always been a patriarchal society, but just this once I thought WASPI’s had a strong argument. Maybe we ought to take a leaf out of the Dagenham women worker’s book and go on strike, but they were in work and I guess most of us are not, certainly not me. So what now, chain ourselves to the railings outside Westminster, cause as much disruption as possible till the politicians sit up and take notice. It seems the powers that be even minimised coverage in the media, I noted with interest there was little mention on the BBC or other channels. Even the MP’s in support of the cause didn’t hold much sway. Their influence was negligible. But we must not stop, this is just a setback, we will have our day and right will win.

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  43. This money belongs to the 50’s women and was stolen from them by Margaret Thatcher to fund the miners strike and now 50″s women are being robbed again while Boris Johnson steals it to pay for the greed of the fat cats of Thomas Cook to bail them out at our expence. We worked hard all our lives to be stabbed in the back by the torry government it is a total disgrace that because of them women who should be enjoying their retirement have had to go back to work they should hang their heads in shame. And you can be sure this will result in huge numbers of lost votes for BORIS Johnson.

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  44. how kind of the labour party to be making half hearted ” offers ” can i just point out that if for example they gave a £15000 compensation those ( and there are many ) in poor health will lose their sickness benefit so what the hells the point?

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  45. I am hoping the Labour party with Jeremy Corbyn will remember the initial research done in 1993 which had 3 advisories.
    All retire at 60, which would cost the government too much.
    All retire at 63 which would be cost effective at 0.
    Women raised to 65 which would save the government millions.

    If Labour were to be wise and clever they will take the second option and in so doing will also compensate those 50s women who have past 63 with monies they should have had at 63.
    This way it is a win win for all of us.

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  46. Yes rightly so 1950 ladies never got adequate notification to inform us that the pension age was being put back from 60 to 66 I for one never received a letter and I think the DWP should own up to there mistake and prove they sent the letters out we need compensation for the six years it’s our money that we paid in and we deserve justic we not talking about pennies here we talking about approximately £45,000 to £55,000 we have lost 😡

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