Pension advice event for WASPI Women


The campaign by the Women Against Statement Pension Inequality (WASPI) will be holding a drop-in session at Ammanford Library on Saturday 10th March to offer advice on how women born in the 1950's can complain about changes to their state pension.

The event will take place between 10am and 12pm at Ammanford Library, where women can come and get advice on how to make a formal complaint to the Department for Work and Pensions.
The aim of the WASPI campaign is to achieve fair transitional pension arrangements for all women born in the 1950's who are affected by the changes to state pension age. 
A group of local women have formed a WASPI Sir Gar group in the Amman Valley, and are working alongside Member of Parliament Jonathan Edwards to campaign for pension fairness. 
Together, they are inviting women born in the 1950's to pop along to Ammanford Library for more information about the campaign.
Member of Parliament Jonathan Edwards said:
"There is an estimated 139,000 Welsh women who have had pension payments delayed.  Of those approximately 10,000 live in Carmarthenshire, with 4,000 in my Carmarthen East and Dinefwr constituency.  
"I'm working with the WASPI women to campaign for the Westminster Government to phase-in the equalisation of the state pension age over a longer timeframe to give women nearing retirement adequate time to prepare. The current timeframe is too fast and will cause undue hardship. These women cannot go back and live their lives again, and they deserve better treatment from the government.
"The women behind the WASPI campaign deserve commendation for their hard work in fighting for justice for them and their counterparts.  
"If anybody is unsure as to whether they are affected or what action they can take, I'd encourage them to pop into Ammanford Library on the morning of 10 March."
Babs Bush of the WASPI campaign added:
"We're not asking for special treatment – we support the equalisation of the pension age – but the changes were made without warning, were brought in sooner than expected and with many women are having their pension delayed twice.
"For many women their retirement plans have been shattered with devastating consequences.  Our campaign started with just five ordinary women who in 2015 got together and decided to fight this injustice.   Now there are thousands of us across the UK. 
"If you are affected by these pension changes then you need to take action and make a formal complaint.  We've organised the event on 10 March to give more information and help women to make that complaint.  Please join us to find out how you can support the campaign."

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