WASPI women deserve better. It's high time the UK Govt did the right thing with these pensions.

May 17, 2017

This week, I signed the Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) general election pledge, which states, “I pledge to support WASPI and to work in Parliament to find a solution for the women affected.” 

 

If I'm re-elected I will continue to work with my SNP colleagues to fight the UK Government’s attacks on pensioners every step of the way, and continue the campaign against cuts to women’s pensions.

The issue of pensions’ inequality is something I have raised numerous times on behalf of constituents, and I am pleased to pledge to keep the pressure on the Government to treat the women affected fairly.

I'll also oppose Theresa May’s plans to abandon the pension Triple Lock, which provides a guarantee to increase the state pension annually by the higher of inflation, average earnings, or a minimum of 2.5%.

Now, more than ever, Scotland needs a strong SNP voice at Westminster to stop the Tories from having a free hand.

The issue of pensions has come into sharp focus recently, with changes to pensions that have been unfair to many women born in the 1950s, and with the refusal by Theresa May to commit to the Triple Lock on Pensions.

The SNP will oppose any attempts to scrap the Triple Lock on pensions – and will continue to fully support the WASPI campaigners in their efforts to secure fairness for the women affected.

“Pensioner poverty is on the rise across the UK - and the last thing we need are more Tory attacks on pensions. With Labour in disarray, only the SNP are providing the serious opposition on these serious issues.

In East Renfrewshire, 4,420 WASPI women have had their retirement plans shattered by the Tories. With the support of people in East Renfrewshire, I will continue to provide a strong voice for older people and challenge the unfair pension policies that have already seen many women lose thousands of pounds.

 

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