Local MP Martin Docherty-Hughes has reiterated his support for West Dunbartonshire’s 1950s-born women who have been hit by the UK government’s changes to state pension age.
The SNP MP for West Dunbartonshire met with campaigners at Westminster this week working on behalf of the Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) campaign.
Martin also caught-up with local WASPI Co-ordinator Liz Daly at a flag-raising ceremony in West Dunbartonshire marking International Women’s Day.
In the run-up to the UK Budget statement – due to be announced on the 11th of March – local SNP MP Martin is backing the WASPI campaign’s call for fair transitional arrangements to be put in place.
SNP MPs at Westminster have been supporting the WASPI movement in pushing for fair transitional state pension arrangements for everyone affected by changes to state pension entitlement.
Across the UK millions of 1950s-born women have had their state pension qualifying age changed by up to six years with little or no notice.
An estimated 6,300 women in West Dunbartonshire face being up to £48,000 out of pocket as a result the pension age changes.
Martin Docherty-Hughes MP:
“The WASPI women have been treated shamefully by the UK government and the campaign has my continued support both here in West Dunbartonshire and at the House of Commons.
“The Tories cannot continue to ignore the 3.8 million women across the UK who are being robbed of their state pensions.
“As we mark International Women’s Day campaigners have come together to remind the Westminster government that we’re not giving up.
“The 1950s-born women who have worked hard all their lives deserve compensation for changes to the State Pension age.
“The UK government needs to stop dragging their heels and rectify this injustice in next week’s Budget statement.”