Women back WASPI campaign

PUBLISHED: 15:00 26 June 2016 | UPDATED: 08:44 29 June 2016

Copyright 2007 Maurice van der Velden

Women from Honiton are joining forces with others from Devon to support the national Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) campaign.

They will be participating in a demonstration outside the Houses of Parliament in London on Wednesday (June 29).

The rally coincides with the 1909 anniversary of Emmeline Pankhurst marching to Parliament with hundreds of suffragettes, to present a petition to Prime Minister Asquith. The WASPI event will take place outside the Houses of Parliament, where a mass choir of 200 women – joined by MPs – will gather to sing the WASPI anthem.

The event aims to highlight to the wider public the plight of women born in the 1950s, on or after April 6, 1951, as a result of the Government’s alterations to the State Pension Age (SPA) and, in particular, the lack of notice given to the changes, by the Department for Work and Pensions.

A spokesman for the group said: “WASPI does not object to the increase in the women’s SPA, but represents a cohort of women who have been unfairly disadvantaged by the speed of the increase, compounded by the absence of notice provided by successive governments. In many cases, this has resulted in enormous hardship, with devastating consequences.”

The Devon WASPI supporters group is running a coach from Honiton and will be picking up at Exeter and Tiverton.

Email devonwaspiladies@gmail.com for more details.

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