The All-Party Parliamentary Group on State Pension Inequality for Women wants to identify a solution that will address the ongoing concerns raised by groups representing 1950s born women affected by state pension changes.
To do this, the APPG are inviting representatives of any group that campaigns for those women, to take part in a brief online consultation that has been designed by Campaign Collective.
The consultation launched on 30th November and will close at 5pm on Friday 22nd December 2017.
Once all the responses have been collated and analysed; a report will go to a meeting of the APPG in January 2018. The APPG will then be drafting a Bill that will require the Government to establish a formal review of pension arrangements for women affected by changes made by the Pensions Act 1995 and the Pensions Act 2011. This Bill is currently scheduled for debate on 27th April 2018.
Gerald Jones MP for Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney said:
“The Conservative Government’s decision to accelerate the change in pension age has had a devastating impact on the lives of so many. I have spoken out on numerous occasions, calling for the Government to urgently review this deeply unjust policy.
“The APPG on State Pension Inequality for Women has now launched its consultation, looking to find a solution to address the issues faced by women born in the 1950s. It is crucial that as many campaigns as possible, who represent affected women, respond to this consultation.
“The Bill is a huge step forward for the campaign. The Government must listen the many voices of concern and provide justice to women born in the 1950s.”
Co-chairs of the APPG Carolyn Harris MP and Tim Loughton MP said:
“The All-Party Parliamentary Group on State Pension Inequality for Women has always sought to campaign on behalf of all women affected by changes to their state pension age.
“By commissioning this consultation, we are ensuring that all groups representing 1950s women have the opportunity to feed in to the Pensions (Review of Women's Arrangements) Bill.
“Please do encourage your group representative to contribute before 22nd December.”
The password protected survey can be accessed here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/APPGSPIW. Your group representative will need a password to access the consultation. This can be obtained by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org who are conducting the consultation on the APPG’s behalf.