Matt Rodda Member of Parliament for Reading East
I was extremely disappointed to hear that the WASPI campaigners lost their High Court legal battle against the government’s handling of the rise in the women’s state pension age.
My constituents are deeply upset by this injustice and feel robbed. I urge the Government to look again at their treatment of WASPI women.
I want to echo the comments of Michael Mansfield QC, who was representing the women affected:
“They have pushed women who were already disadvantaged into the lowest class you can imagine.
“They’re on the brink of survival, and I’m not overstating that. This group – especially the percentage of the group affected born in 1953 onwards – are increasingly having taken away from them four to six years’ worth of state pension. We’re dealing with very serious sums: £37,000 to £47,000. I think any citizen would be concerned by that withdrawal.”
The BBC report Defeat for women in state pension age challenge provides more details of the case