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Perth and Kinross Council calls on UK Goverment to take immediate action to compensate female pensioners born in the 1950s

Perth and Kinross Council has unanimously called for women born in the 1950s – affected by changes to the state pension age – to be compensated.

SNP councillors Michelle Frampton and Mike Williamson tabled a motion at a meeting of Perth and Kinross Council on Wednesday, May 15.




Council leader Grant Laing will now write to local MPs and the secretary of state for Work and Pensions calling for the UK Government to “act now with an immediate compensation payout scheme” for those affected.

A law passed by the Conservative UK Government in 1995 said the women’s pension age would increase from 60 to 65 between 2010 and 2020. The change hit women born in the 1950s particularly hard and was not well communicated.

A statement on the Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) website states: “We are angry that we have been treated unfairly and unequally just because of the day we were born. Significant changes to the age we receive our state pension have been imposed upon us with a lack of appropriate notification, with little or no notice and much faster than we were promised – some of us have been hit by more than one increase.”

On Wednesday, May 15 Cllr Frampton and Bailie Williamson tabled a motion calling for the council’s support to see the women affected compensated.

The motion – tabled by Cllr Frampton and Bailie Williamson – with the inclusion of a Lib Dem amendment said: “Women who were born in the 1950s had their rights to retirement age changed from age 60 to 65, and later to 66 without being informed of this.

“It has recently been reported by the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman that the Department for Work and Pensions was guilty of ‘maladministration’ by failing to inform women adequately of their retirement age changes.”

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