Women’s State Pension Protest Goes Back To Court

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Women born in the 1950s angry about state pension changes have won the right to appeal a legal challenge defeat in the High Court.

Protest group Backto60 want the state pension age for women returned to age 60 and compensation for lost pension payments.

They lost their challenge in the High Court last year but have won the right to take their fight to the Court of Appeal.

The group argues that women born in the 1950s were told too late that their pension age was rising five years to 65 years old in line with men and that the measure left many with no time to make alternative financial arrangement for retirement.

Backto60 raised £80,000 to pay the legal costs of the appeal  from crowdfunding late last year. A date for the hearing has not yet been set.

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Petition handed in to 10 Downing Street

Around 3.8 million women born in the 1950s were impacted by raising the state pension age.

The government claims the women were given plenty of notice of the change and that reversing the decision would cost an unaffordable £181 billion.

Back to 60 spokeswoman Joanne Welch said: ” We are delighted to confirm that Backto60 have been granted permission to appeal on all grounds at The Court of Appeal.

“The issue is about pensions but it’s also about women’s rights. The 1950s women have suffered, they experienced all of life’s inequalities. Why should they carry the City on their backs?”

News of the successful appeal came as Backto60 protesters visited 10 Downing Street to hand in a petition lobbying the government to take action over reinstating women’s state pensions.

82,000 women die without receiving state pension

The campaign is backed by European Parliament member Jackie Jones and the union UNISON.

“I am glad the appeal has been successful,” said UNISON’s Michaela Hawkins outside Downing Street.

“82,000 women born in the 1950s have already died without receiving their state pension and we will carry on the fight in their memory until justice is won.”

Another protest group, Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) wants the government to financially help women affected by the rising age limit.

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