Pension changes campaign plea

I WOULD like to ask Eastbourne Herald readers to help with our campaign highlighting the unfairness of proposals contained in the UK Government’s Pensions Bill.

We support the move to bring women’s state pension age in line with men at 65, but we are objecting to the speed of the increase for women to 66 by 2020, six years earlier than originally planned.

As a result, around 330,000 women in Britain will, at very short notice, have to wait an extra 18 months or longer before claiming their State Pension.

I and many other women across the UK feel this is unfair and will hurt hard-working women, many of whom have worked for 40 years or more.

Many have worked in relatively low-paid jobs or part-time because of caring responsibilities and these changes will mean real hardship especially to those with poor health. We are asking MPs to ensure the Pensions Bill is amended to ensure any increase to the state pension age beyond 65 does not start until at least 2020.

Readers can take action by sending a state pension age campaign postcard to their MP, asking them to stick to the coalition government’s original timetable.

To request copies of the campaign postcard, or to find out more about the campaign visit www.ageuk.org.uk/spa.

BRENDA PITTHAM

Glynleigh Drive, Polegate