Welcome to WASPI – Women Against State Pension Inequality.
It’s now 2016 and unbelievably, inequality still exists in the workplace. In 2012, a woman named Anne Keen started a campaign in response to a letter she received from the DWP informing her that her State Pension Age had been increased by 3 years 8 months and 6 days. She received this letter 13 months before her expected retirement date. This petition was the catalyst in the formation of WASPI.
WASPI is an action group that was formed by five ordinary women who are personally affected by the changes to the State Pension Age and wanted to do something to address this injustice.
The 1995 Conservative Government’s Pension Act included plans to increase women’s State Pension Age to 65, the same as men’s. Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI), agree with equalisation, but don’t agree with the unfair way the changes were implemented – with little/no personal notice (1995/2011 Pension Acts), faster than promised (2011 Pension Act), and no time to make alternative plans. Retirement plans have been shattered with devastating consequences.
To cut a long story short, the idea of WASPI was conceived in April 2015 when a couple of WASPI’s founding members met with Chris Shaw who runs his own media relations company and was very interested in supporting the cause – it was he who suggested the formation of an action group.
WASPI sprang into action prior to the General Election – attending local election debates, taking part in radio interviews, writing and meeting our MP’s, contacting newspapers, posting on Social Media and now they have made a WASPI Choir Song, which was covered on BBC Midlands and National News just a couple of days ago, Sunday.
You can see it here.. https://www.facebook.com/midlandstoday/videos/10153999184999761/
The media have also covered the campaign extensively and there’s been numerous articles written in local papers. WASPI are in regular contact with members of the Shadow Cabinet, the SNP and Conservative MP’s. They support the campaign
How can we help?
We can support this campaign by signing the petition and by donating any spare change to help the WASPI action group. The money raised via CrowdFunding is funding a barrister to research information that we have provided. She will then assess the possibility of a legal challenge.
Here are all the links you may need to actively support the WASPI group.
We are proud supporters of the WASPI campaign and you can now get your official WASPI sashes from our website with the following link. http://www.fancypantsstore.com/waspi-sash-8805-p.asp
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