Ian Rothwell radio programme: Interview on CEDAW with me and on BackTo60 with Joanne Welch

Here is the Salford City Radio programme broadcast last night. I talked about the importance of tackling all discrimination against women and girls in the CEDAW People’s Tribunal. I explained how the issue had evolved from the Back To 60 judicial review over discrimination against women who lost their pensions into a three day hearing later this month with the backing of top lawyers from Garden Court Chambers.

Joanne Welch talked about the latest developments in the Back To 60 campaign which is a burning injustice issue for millions of women born in the 1950s and waited six years to get their pension.

13 thoughts on “Ian Rothwell radio programme: Interview on CEDAW with me and on BackTo60 with Joanne Welch

  1. Anything that highlights this incredible injustice towards women born in the fifties is to my mind, a good thing.

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  2. So grateful to you and all the others who have endeavoured to get justice for all the 1950s born women who had 6 years of the state pensions they PAID IN for stolen by successive governments. We will NEVER give up the fight!

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  3. I am so pleased that this issue is not being allowed to be brushed under the carpet.  There have been many injustices against women over the years, but this is one of the worst. All through my working life I got paid less than men for doing the same or even higher graded jobs on the basis that I could retire at 60. Because of this I have less in my private pension than a man of the same age.  So having been underpaid all of my working life, even the small private pension that I get because I had to retire from work due to ill health is less than a man would have got in the same position. The changes made were grossly unfair and I was never sent any information by DWP to inform me of the changes. I hope that eventually this shocking discrimination will be recognised, unfortunately I do not see it happening in my life time as the government does not want to recognise it. Good Luck

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  4. I’m so impressed and thankful to David, Karen and all the team for shear dogidness, determination and hard work you are doing to raise awareness and hopefully resolve this desperate situation these ladies have found themselves in. Thank you so much and good luck to you all.

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  5. Dear David,

    Thank you for all your hard work and continuing support for all us under dogs, hopeless cases through no fault of our own.

    I hope you are keeping safe and well.

    I follow with interest the developments concerning women`s pensions as I was one of those women born in the 1950`s (1959.)

    I am aware that `Watchdog` recently found there was maladministration by the DWP.

    Does this give those fighting for justice regarding this finding which supports 1950`s women the opportunity to take their case to the Supreme Court after all? As there was insufficient warning to enable women to save and plan early for retirement who now have a 6 year gap before they are able to receive their state pension.

    I got divorced in 2007 and the legal profession made the judgement that my divorce settlement maintenance was calculated to the age of 60 when I would be in receipt of my UK State Pension. There is a gap of 6 years because the legal profession weren`t informed of these changes.

    I know I am only one person out of thousands the UK state pension age has affected.

    Is there hope that there will be compensation of some sort to help all of us born in the 1950`s because of this finding?

    With kindest regards,

    Diane.x

    On Wed, 9 Jun 2021 at 10:53, Westminster Confidential wrote:

    > davidhencke posted: ” Here is the Salford City Radio programme broadcast > last night. I talked about the importance of tackling all discrimination > against women and girls in the CEDAW People’s Tribunal. I explained how the > issue had evolved from the Back To 60 judicial review” >

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  6. Keep up the good fight.
    Thank you both for sticking with this injustice
    Not just to me but my fellow 1950’s woman

    With kind Regards
    Chris L

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  7. Pensions are not the only ‘maladministration’; Many disabled or seriously ill claimants were told they were ‘fit for work’ by unqualified bureaucrats and subsequently died or their conditions worsened. DWP oversaw a ‘work-search’ portal which constantly crashed and claimants were then made subject to arbitrary financial sanctions for ‘failing to look for work’ for ‘30 hours per week’. The impact of which was frequently to be thrown into desperate circumstances; unable to purchase food or pay for accommodation. Simultaneously a system of ‘mandatory unpaid work’ (otherwise known as slavery) operated to the benefit of thousands of private companies and to the detriment of a great many people. Suicides and premature deaths are demonstrably significant amongst DWP claimants. Such is the ‘maladministration’ of the DWP it looks suspiciously like a system of genocide, all operational under the watchful eye of our Supreme Justices in Human Rights Courts and our silked and wigged barristers championing the cause of the ‘ragged people’ from beautiful architectural structures in London. I am a woman, I was born in the 60’s, I am impacted by DWP ‘maladministration’ on several counts, but I am also pretty certain that I am not the only type of person the DWP discriminates against, they discriminate against everybody who makes a claim; male; female; abled; disabled; young; old; black; white. This level of maladministration could otherwise be called ‘procedural-genocide’. It should be investigated fully, by somebody other than a box-ticking bureaucrat, maybe Garden Court chambers would like to extend their offer? Now that my DWP rant is over, I would like to thank David and Back to 60 for their tireless efforts to bring this matter to wider public attention, unfortunately it stretches far wider than pensions.

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  8. Thank you David for all your hard efforts and also everyone who is involved with keeping this injustice campaign and continuing to bang the drum! Just like the suffrage movement this will never go away…grey votes count!

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