WASPI CROWDJUSTICE APPEAL REACHES TARGET
Women’s State Pension Pressure Group raised £75,000 in Six Days
For Immediate Release – 24th October 2016
Within 6 days of launching its crowdfunding appeal, WASPI (Women against State Pension Inequality) has reached its £75,000 legal funding target.
The Campaign’s aim is to use these funds to seek legal advice and to mount a challenge to the Government to provide transitional arrangements for the lack of communication of notice to the State Pension Age changes.
Pat Tarttelin, a member of the WASPI interim management group, said: “Raising £75000 in just under a week has been a fantastic achievement. We never imagined people would step up so quickly to support our cause. It’s a clear signal that the time has come for the Government to recognise this injustice and realise WASPI means business.”
WASPI has instructed Bindmans LLP, a leading London law firm, to fight for recognition and recompense for the women involved.
WASPI co-founder Anne Keen added: “A membership structure is planned in the near future to help organise the legal challenge. In the meantime, we are hoping that the Government will realise the seriousness of our case by recognising this terrible injustice in its Autumn statement.”
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WASPI spokespeople are available for interview and comment, by contacting in the first instance:
Chris Shaw, Sure Media Relations
Telephone: 01484 696 066
Mobile: 07527 448 650
Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) is an Action Group, conceived in April 2015, by five ordinary women who had been personally affected by the changes to the State Pension Age instigated by the 1995 and 2011 Pensions Acts.
The Group’s focus is to raise awareness about and to campaign over the unfair changes to the State Pension Age imposed on women born in the 1950's, on or after the 6th April 1951.
As a direct result of WASPI’s lobbying and reach, there here have been four Parliamentary debates that have added more pressure on the Government. The support WASPI has garnered from MPs of all parties has been very encouraging.
The media has also covered the Campaign extensively and there have been numerous articles written in local papers, regional and national TV. Local and national radio stations have also featured the campaign in phone-ins and debates.
WASPI is in regular contact with members of the Shadow Cabinet, the SNP and Conservative MPs. This has resulted in the formation of an All Party Parliamentary Group, comprising MPs from all sides, to discuss the issue in more detail.
On the 11th October, MPs supporting the WASPI Campaign presented petitions to Parliament, signed by their constituents. This was the single most successful petition presentation since 2000/1, involving 87 MPs, presenting a total of 198 petitions from 198 constituencies.
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.