On 11th May 2016, MPs from across the parties came together to form the All-Party Parliamentary Group on State Pension Inequality for Women.
120 MPs joined the All Party Group on the first day. Over 140 MPs and Peers are now members of the APPG.
The aims of the group are:
‘To provide a cross-party forum in which to hold the government to account on the issue of transitional arrangements to compensate 1950s-born women who are affected by changes to the State Pension Age and to campaign on issues around the State Pension Age.’
Issues arose for women born in the 1950s after the 2011 Pensions Act accelerated the changes to the State Pension Age first brought in by the 1995 Pensions Act. Many women born in the 1950s have seen their pension age change two or three times, often with little or no notification. In the worst cases, women were told at age 57 1/2 that their pension age would rise from 60 to 66. Some women affected have been left with no job, no pension or pensioner benefits and without an income to live on.
An estimated 3,200 women in Greater Manchester and 9,400 women in the north-west are affected by these changes to State Pension Age this year. Across the 10 years to 2026, those numbers rise to 100,000 in Greater Manchester and nearly 300,000 in the North-West. Across the United Kingdom, 2.5 million women will be affected by the changes to their State Pension Age by 2026.
The APPG is working to support the campaign and the women affected by the changes.
The last meeting was on the 19th July 2016 and the minutes can be found below.