BINDMANS CONSIDER THAT THERE ARE TWO POTENTIAL LEGAL ROUTES THAT CAN BE FOLLOWED:
- A judicial review challenge (or challenges) to the legality of the changes to the State Pension Age; and
- Maladministration complaints regarding the wholly inadequate information given by the Department for Work and Pensions regarding these changes.
To fund the legal challenge, we have opened a Crowdjustice page, so please spread the word as far and wide as you can to get everyone donating. Funds raised on Crowdjustice go directly to Bindmans to pay for their legal work on our behalf.
The best legal advice is not cheap and a large amount of money needs to be raised. The initial fundraising will allow us to take the best legal advice on a judicial review challenge at the same time as preparing materials to assist with the maladministration complaints. Further fundraising will provide the start of funding for us to engage in legal correspondence with the DWP and begin to pursue whichever legal challenge we are advised offers the best prospects for success.
WOMEN AGAINST STATE PENSION INEQUALITY LTD
This news has been a long time coming, because a huge amount of background work had to be done before the campaign was in a position to take this action. Firstly, WASPI needed to have what is called a "legal entity" in order to be able to instruct lawyers and pursue litigation. This has been done by registering Women Against State Pension Inequality at Companies House as a company limited by guarantee. WASPI has a board of unpaid directors who are: Anne Keen, Celia Johnson, Pat Tarttelin, Susan Beevers and Jane Cowley. Further appointments are expected to be made to the board and we are appointing a campaign director.
Women Against State Pension Inequality Ltd will be launching a membership scheme in a month's time. Becoming a member will enable you to have your say in electing a committee to represent members' views, be represented on the Board by an elected representative, attend Annual General Meetings and vote on long-term strategy. The membership fee will be £25 per annum, with concessions for those in receipt of benefits, but if you donate £25 or more to the Crowdjustice fund, you will get your first year's membership included in your donation. All the funds raised through the membership scheme will be used to support the campaign.
WASPI CAMPAIGN – PAINT THE TOWN PURPLE! WINNING HEARTS AND MINDS!
The legal route is not a quick one, with court cases taking years rather than months, so it's vital for WASPI to keep up the momentum with its political campaign. Didn't it make you feel proud to see all the petitions being handed over in the House of Commons? Especially when you know how many cold, wet and windy street corners women stood on to collect the signatures.
The work by our local groups has been the cornerstone of the campaign's success to date and we plan to continue on with two new initiatives - "Paint the Town Purple" and “Winning Hearts and Minds”.
The first "does what it says on the tin". It's simply a push to get every notice board, shop window, library, post office, doctors' surgery, etc. displaying a WASPI poster. We want WASPI to be under everyone's noses wherever they go, so that no one can say (as a Conservative MP did at the conference) that they haven't heard of us.
“Winning Hearts and Minds” is an initiative to get even more Conservative MPs to support us. We've already been successful in getting quite a number of Tory MPs on board, as was made evident when the petitions were being presented, but we want to get even more! When the government are hearing their own MPs arguing for a fair result for 1950s women, they take a lot more notice than when opposition MPs say the same thing. We are aiming to target the 30 MPs with the smallest majorities – they could be voted out at the next election simply by the 1950s women in their constituency, so it's in their interests to listen carefully to what we have to say. Beyond this, we would like to see a local group in every Conservative constituency, so that the government really understands that we mean business! So, exciting times ahead for WASPI.
WASPI have launched CrowdJustice appeal, please