Teresa has had many constituents write to her about the Government’s unfair plans to accelerate the timetable to equalise the State Pension Age between men and women. The accelerated timetable will mean many women in their mid-fifties will have to wait much longer than they expected to reach Stage Pension Age – some up to 2 years longer – and the Government will not have given them enough time to plan for the changes.
The proposal is contained in the Government’s Pensions Bill which is due to be introduced to the House of Commons shortly. It goes against the Coalition agreement the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats signed when they formed a Government last May. Early this year Teresa tabled an Early Day Motion urging the Government not to proceed with the accelerated timetable, which has now been signed by 138 MPs across all political parties. The EDM can be viewed here.
The debate will be held 09:30-11:00 this Wednesday 11 May in Westminster Hall in Parliament. Teresa will be telling the Minister how this change will affect many of her constituents and urging him to drop the proposal from the Pensions Bill.
More background information is available in this Guardian Comment is Free article by Opposition Pension Spokesperson Rachel Reeves MP.
If you are affected by the changes and haven’t already contacted Teresa about this issue, please email her via the policy contact page ahead of the debate on Wednesday. You can also join the 10,000 people who have signed this petition against the Government’s plans.
If you aren’t sure if you will be affected by the change, please visit Age UK’s State Pension Age Calendar.