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Petition against changes to state pension to be presented to Parliament

Protests have taken place throughout the year Credit: ITV News

A petition signed by more than 4000 people from Hull will this evening by handed to Parliament, demanding the Government look again at changes to the state pension.

Hull North MP Diana Johnson estimates that 10,000 women from the area, who were born in the 1950s, have been affected by Government changes to their pension.

“We appreciate that there will always be some people who lose out when the state pension age is altered, but the way the Government has handled this issue has meant that many women have not been given adequate notice and have not been able to plan ahead.

Nor has there been any thought given to transitional assistance for those who have suffered financial hardship, along with their families, as a result of the way that the changes have been handled. I congratulate Hull’s WASPI women for all their work in collecting over 4,000 names for this petition, which is being submitted to the Commons alongside the names of many thousands of other women and men from around the country who think that these women are not being treated fairly.”

– Diana Johnson MP

The petition was organised by the Hull WASPI (Women Against State Pension Inequality) Group. It reads:

“The petition of residents of Hull North declares that as a result of the way in which the 1995 Pension Act and the 2011 Pension Act were implemented, women born in the 1950s (on or after 6 April 1951) have unfairly borne the burden of the increase to the State Pension Age; further that hundreds of thousands of women have had significant changes imposed on them with little or no personal notice; further that implementation took place faster than promised; further that this gave no time to make alternative pension plans; and further that retirement plans have been shattered with devastating consequences.

The petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Government to make fair transitional arrangements for all women born in the 1950s (on or after 6 April 1951) who have unfairly borne the burden of the increase to the State Pension Age."

– Hull WASPI petition