Women being ‘robbed’ of pensions says MP

OVER 15,000 women in South Yorkshire will be kept waiting above a year for their pension, an MP has warned.

Michael Dugher, Barnsley East MP, said women aged 56 and 57 feel ‘robbed’ of 12 months’ pension. Government plans to accelerate the state pension age increases, mean that nationally, 300,000 women born between December 6 1953 and October 5 1954, will wait an extra 18 months. An unlucky 33,000 born between March 6 1954 and April 5 1954 will wait an extra two years, before being entitled to a state pension.

Women may be working reduced hours to care for grandchildren or elderly parents.

They have just five years’ notice before the change, and could lose more than £15,000 if they get the full pension credit.

The MP said: “The Government’s plans to increase the state pension age disproportionately affects women. Many have juggled working lives with raising a family, and have little retirement saving to fall back on.

“I will be fighting these changes.”