Second women’s state pension debate set for 1 February


Campaigners have secured a second parliamentary debate on the treatment of women who claim they have been unfairly penalised by increases to the state pension age.

MPs only debated the need for transitional arrangements for women affected by the acceleration in the rise in the SPA to age 66 last week, but now a second debate is to be staged on 1 February, according to SNP pensions spokesman Iain Blackford.

A spokesman for Parliament’s petitions committee could not be reached for comment at the time of publication.

Last week the Government rejected calls for new transition arrangements to be introduced. The debate, led by campaign group Waspi, centres on easing the impact of the changes on a particular cohort of women born in the mid-1950s.

Department for Work and Pensions minister Shailesh Vara told MPs: “This matter was debated very thoroughly in 2011, and a concession was made then worth over £1bn. It was thoroughly debated in both houses of parliament and I very much hope that I have put on record the position of the Government.”

However, a non-binding vote held after the close of the debate demonstrated parliamentary support for the campaign, with almost 160 MPs calling on the Government to introduce further help.

Read why pensions expert John Moret is backing the women’s state pension campaign here.