Borderer calls for fairer pension changes for women

Gail Chandler is championing the cause of womens pensions
Gail Chandler is championing the cause of womens pensions

A Borders woman who thought she would be retired by now has issued a rallying call to all women born in the 1950s.

Increases to the State Pension Age for women in the 1995 and 2011 Pension Acts have seen a vast swathe of women across the country working up to six years more.

Members of the Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) agree with the equalisation but are campaigning against the speed it has been introduced – leaving them with no time to make alternative financial plans – and the lack of communication from the government about the changes.

Gail Chandler, 62, from Jedburgh, is trying to make sure all those women affected are made aware that they will have to work longer, and is urging everyone to sign a petition asking the Government for “fair transitional arrangements”.

She was the sole Scottish representative to travel down to London and take part in a video anthem of the WASAPI song and talk about her story to raise awareness.

Gail said: “There are a lot of women in the affected age group [anyone born after April 6, 1951 up until 1959] that have not heard of this.

“The law passed in 1995 extended the female retirement age to 65. An amendment came along in 2011 which added another 12-18 months to that.

“We don’t have a problem with the equalisation, it is just the scale and rate with which they have introduced the changes that we are campaigning against.

“The Government says it has informed everybody, but there are far too many women who say they have heard nothing. I have never received any word from the Department of Work and Pensions.

To sign the e-petition, visit http://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/110776