Remember us? guest blog – Yvonne Hunter, State Pension Age campaigner

Yvonne Hunter is one of 330,000 women born between December 1953 and October 1954 who will be will be affected by the Government’s proposals to speed up the equalisation of women’s State Pension Age to 65 by 2018.

I am 57 years old, born in May 1954 and was one of the women that were a part of the first group whose pension age was changed from 60. This change was made some years ago, 1995, and I was fully aware and accepted under rights of Equality that the age should be moved towards 65. Therefore for the past 15 years I have been planning to receive my State pension in July 2018, when I would be just over 64 meaning that I had accepted a delay of just over 4 years.

Now the Government’s proposal will push my State Pension Age to 66, which means a further delay of virtually 2 years and a loss in pension of over £11,000 plus further delays in receiving other benefits. Based on a SPA of 64, I have already made irreversible employment and financial decisions. However, women and men who were born after April 1955 were not expecting to receive their pension until age 65, thus they have a maximum of one year to wait for their SPA. Therefore I believe these proposals are unjust to the group of women who had accepted the earlier changes to their pension age without acrimony. At this stage we should not be expected to wait more than one further year to receive our state pension, as no man of a similar age will have had their SPA changed by more than one year.

The Pensions Bill will reach Report Stage in Parliament on the 18th October, this is the last opportunity for the Government to act. We want the Coalition to stick to the existing timetable, but at the very least we are calling on them to:

Mitigate the effects of these changes on the worst affected groups of women, those whose state pension age would rise by eighteen months or more, and put in place transitional arrangements to protect those who do not have sufficient time to plan for a revised Pension Age.

Ensure there is a clear plan of action as to how all those affected the change will be contacted to inform them of the implications.

Yvonne and many women like her have already had their state pension age raised once before and to do so again is deeply unfair.

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7 thoughts on “Remember us? guest blog – Yvonne Hunter, State Pension Age campaigner”

  1. I am in the same postition as Yvonne, born late April 1954 I was expecting to retire when I reached 64 years and one week, now however under these unfair new plans I am looking at a further 100 weeks, that is one year and 11 months until I can claim the pension that I have paid in for since the age of 15. There is no logic to the way the increase has been worked out, it started in April 2010 to increase very slowly and then seems to gallop up the scale very quickly to around 2 years for people like Yvonne and me, and then it slows down again so that younger people are only looking at one year longer than they expected for their retirement date. How is this equality? How can anyone think this is fair to a group of women who have already cheerfully accepted a huge rise of 4 years being added to their working lives? The coalition government are being very unfair to us, and there are 500,000 women affected so just think that is not only the votes of we 500,000 women that they are risking losing at the next election but also those of the families and friends who care about the wrong that is being done to us.

  2. It is totally wrong to discriminate against some women because of their birth date and I hope if the coalition try to force it through, that they will be legally challenged !
    These are women who have worked hard from 15 years of age and equality came too late for them, they didn’t have equal wages with males and they had no chance to save for a private pension.
    To force them to work until 66 which means contributions of 51 years !!!! is unacceptable ! Forcing these poor women to work until they drop, tying up the jobs when so many young people are unemployed, living on benefits paid towards by these women …where is the sense in that ?

  3. I was also born in May 1954 so am a victim of this governments plan to escalate the timetable. Whichever way you look at it, it is quite simply unfair that I and other women like me should be penalised in this way. There IS still time to address this unfairness. I hope that those in a position to do something will look again although I have lost any confidence that I may have once had. There is no risk involved in losing my vote at the next election. It’s a certainty!

  4. I too was born in May 1954 so I am affected by this unfair Bill. I accept that the ages should be equalised but a further 2 year increase on top of the 4years already added is unfair. Mr Cameron made promises before the election that women would not face a sudden increase in retirement age. This promise was also part of the Coalition agreement. There have been fair alternatives proposed, but the Government seem set on passing the Bill regardless of the unfairness, All we want is the Government to keep their promise, and not punish women who have worked hard and paid their contributions in good faith. They should not underestimate the anger and resentment felt by the women affected.

    1. margaret – pls visit protest against accelerated rise of pension age – site on facebook – we are a group of women who tried to fight this last year with some of us going to parliament in london to protest – site run by ruth and babs – we tried so hard to ave this overturned but without success – babz handed in a petition to downing street with 12000 signatures on it – if you visit the site you will learn more – we are still trying to fight this unjustice and there are to many women who are still unaware of what this government are doing to women (and men) in their 50′,

  5. Hi Margaret, where is your petition? We have a group on facebook, look for Protest Against Proposed Accelerated Rise in State Pension Age. We started the group before the rise was rammed through but we’re still here, still pushing and not prepared to go away

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