Waspi seeking compensation for British expat women affected by late or missing pension notifications

Waspi demo in London
The Waspi Demo in London last December.

Waspi (Women Against State Pension Inequality) is encouraging British expat women living in Kenya, born in the 1950’s to join Waspi International.  The Group is fighting for compensation in light of late or, in some cases, no notification of State Pension Age increases. The Campaign Group that represents 3.8million British 1950’s born women, in the UK and Overseas.

 The 1995 Pension Act legislated for the (SPA) for women to rise from 60 to 65 over the period between April 2010 and 2020, a timetable then accelerated by the Pensions Act 2011. However, the women impacted by this acceleration were not properly notified of the change by the UK Government resulting in many have finding themselves in extremely difficult financial circumstances.

 The Waspi Campaign has been fighting this injustice since 2015. The International Group has steadily grown its membership with 1950’s women joining the campaign who have relocated to Kenya.  The Waspi Campaign continues to gain significant momentum with support of cross party MP’s. There have been 7 debates in Parliament, protests and TV and Press exposure.

Recently, the UN’s Special Rapporteur Philip Alston, visiting the UK  said  ‘As  was made clear to me in a number of submissions and through powerful testimony, a group of women born in the 1950’s have been particularly impacted by an abrupt and poorly phased change in the State Pension Age of women from 60 to 66. The impact of the changes to pensionable age is such as to severely penalise those who happen to be on the cusp of retirement and who had well-founded expectations of entering the next phase of their lives’

Linda Nash, a British expat living in Kenya who is a member of Wasps International said: “Our government made a monumental blunder when they neglected to inform 1950s women of an impending increase to their retirement age.

“Waspi was formed to enable UK women, and those of us living around the world, to have one voice in fighting this injustice. We were deemed to be an easy target to save money but, unfortunately for the powers that be, we are made of sterner stuff and we will fight on.

“More 1950s women are joining, and should join, the cause to claim what is rightfully ours. We will not go away.”

The Waspi International Campaign is a ‘virtual’ group of 1950’s women utilising social media to actively campaign to achieve fair transitional arrangements and compensation for all women born in the 1950’s affected by the changes. Waspi is asking for a ‘bridging’ pension to provide an income until women reach their new State Pension Age, not means tested, and compensation for the financial losses for those women who have already reached their State Pension Age.

Waspi is determined that the grave injustice to this specific group of women will be rectified. To join and support the campaign please visit Facebook:  waspi international (ex pat 1950’s ladies fighting state pension changes) 

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