‘I paid in!’ Fury as WASPI woman caring for brother-in-law slams state pension sum

WASPI woman says ‘I’ve paid in’ as she slams pension amount

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State pension age changes mean men and women can now expect to retire at the same age of 66. Previously, the state pension age for women was 60, while men could traditionally retire at 65.

Some women born in the 1950s impacted by the change said they were not provided with ample notice or communication about the matter.

One woman named Angela, from Manchester, called in to the Jeremy Vine show, and touched upon how she has been affected. 

Angela decided to claim Carer’s Allowance to help look after her brother-in-law, and felt comfortable in doing so, as she stated she would receive her pension “in July”.

However, she then received a letter from the DWP telling her this carer’s payment would be stopped, as she was now entitled to her state pension.

This is because the two are considered as “overlapping benefits” impacting entitlement.

Angela said: “My pension is an entitlement, it’s not a benefit. 

“I paid in for 40 years for it, and they have deprived me for six years of £40,000 that I haven’t had.

“Now, I’m going to have to support my brother-in-law with £266.70 per month. 

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“My pension is now worth £463.90. I paid in to get the full pension!

“If I don’t look after him, who is going to? I have to go around at the drop of a hat sometimes.

“Why should I stand the cost of his washing, his ironing, his cooking, his cleaning, and taking him to all his medical appointments?”

Many women born in the 1950s have argued they have faced similar financial dilemmas due to state pension age changes.

Highlighting this issue is the Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) campaign, which was first founded in 2015.

Its website states it is “fighting for justice” for all women born in the 1950s impacted by state pension age changes.

The group is not against the idea of increases to the state pension age for women.

However, it states it does not accept the “unfair” way the changes were implemented.

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This is because the women assert they were provided with “inadequate or no notice” of these alterations.

The group has called upon the Government to agree “fair and fast compensation” for the women impacted.

This, it said, would reflect financial and social losses these women state they have faced.

A DWP spokesperson previously told Express.co.uk: “We support millions of people every year and our priority is ensuring they get the help and support to which they are entitled. 

“The Government decided over 25 years ago that it was going to make the state pension age the same for men and women as a long-overdue move towards gender equality.

“Both the High Court and Court of Appeal have supported the actions of the DWP, under successive governments dating back to 1995, and the Supreme Court refused the claimants permission to appeal.”

The Jeremy Vine Show appears weekdays at 9:15am on Channel 5. 

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