Today I attended a Westminster Hall debate on the issue of state pension inequality for women born in the 1950s.

I signed the EDM on the issue earlier this week. The debate discussed the promise made by the Government that the pension age for women would not rise in this Parliament, and how they have broken this promise, leaving many facing pension age increases of up to six years

There has been a clear injustice done to many women; not only was a promise broken, but inadequate notice was provided to them, leaving many unable to plan and forced into financial insecurity.

This issue affects over 1000 women in Barnsley East, and it’s about time the Government acknowledged their mistakes and offered compensation to these women for their losses and hardship.

I, along with the huge number of other Labour MPs who attended the Westminster Hall debate, pledge to fight for a better deal for these WASPI women, and ensure they are given the security and dignity they deserve.


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