The Government announced today that women affected by the equalisation of the State Pension Age will be given a much-needed respite and will now wait a maximum of 18 months to claim their pension.
This will really help the 330,000 hard-working women born between December 1953 and October 1954 who would have been hit hardest, having to wait between 18 months and 2 years longer for their State Pension.
We welcome the changes that have been made – they have listened to our concerns and we appreciate that it is a significant financial commitment from the Government, amounting to around £1 billion, in what is a difficult time.
We would have liked the changes being made to have gone further. Having faced uncertainty twice already, these women must not be affected by any further changes to their state pension age again without sufficient notice.
All of us at Age UK would like to thank the thousands of women up and down the country that have helped our campaign.
*This blog has now been updated. Our sincerest apologies for any confusion caused by our previous post which stated 6 months instead of 18 months.