Labour and Co-operative MP for Redcar, Anna Turley, has said the fight for pensions justice for 1950s women continues as High Court battle is lost.

The Backto60 campaign took the government to court over changes to the state pension age which left many women, who were born in the 1950s, little or no time to plan for a later retirement. Today High Court judges rejected the case.

The accelerated equalisation of the state pension age has left many low income families in hardship. The Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) campaign have also been campaigning for compensation for the women affected.

Anna said:

“This is a devastating result for millions of women who have been hoping the courts would help where the government have repeatedly failed.

“The way in which 1950s women have been treated has been appalling and hundreds of women in Redcar & Cleveland have been in touch with me about their struggles. This is causing very real hardship.

“Whilst this court battle has failed, we will continue to fight against this gross pensions injustice and I pay tribute to campaigners on Teesside, including Redcar Older Women’s Lobby and the local WASPI group for their ongoing work to oppose this.

“In his leadership campaign the Prime Minister said he would look again at this and it’s time he stood by that promise to 1950s women.”

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