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"Mrs May, time to pay" - Women against 'state pension inequality' hold protest

WASPI protest in Birmingham Credit: ITV News Central

Women from all over the country are holding a peaceful protest at the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham today (4 October).

It is part of the national Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) campaign.

Members of WASPI are unhappy that the pension age for women has been changed from 60 to 66 with little notice.

WASPI protest in Birmingham Credit: ITV News Central

In September, WASPI members held a protest in Chesterfield.

Our reporter Charlotte Cross was at the protest in Birmingham today:

A Department for Work & Pensions spokesperson said:

The decision to equalise the State Pension age between men and women was made over 20 years ago and achieves a long-overdue move towards gender equality.

There are no plans to change the transitional arrangements already in place.

Women retiring today can still expect to receive the State Pension for 26 years on average – several years longer than men.

– EPARTMENT FOR WORK & PENSIONS SPOKESPERSON
WASPI protest in Birmingham Credit: ITV News Central