Newsletter 2015/16 (Women Against State Pension Inequality)

The SNP continue to call on the UK government to revisit the state pension inequalities for women born in the 1950s. A petition from the Women Against State Pensions Inequality (WASPI) was debated in the House of Commons after receiving more than 140,000 signatures.

Paisley’s Mhairi Black MP led a backbench business debate on the issue at the beginning of January and the SNP’s motion, that called on the UK government to introduce transitional measures, received cross-party support.

Speaking in the debate I pointed out further inequality with same sex female couples being doubly disadvantaged.

Women born in the 1950s are having their futures jeopardised by the UK Government and this is a battle the SNP are going to keep fighting. This will be particularly detrimental for single women and same sex female couples. We cannot allow a whole generation of women to live in poverty when they retire. It is a moral imperative that the UK Government rethink these plans and put proper transitional arrangements in place.