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All aboard for pension fight

PENSION campaigners from Bognor Regis and Chichester staged a special bus ride to the government to accuse it of creating a one-way ticket to poverty.


The 49 passengers on board the 1950s Routemaster double-decker handed in a giant bus ticket to the Department for Work and Pensions to protest at making women wait longer for the state pension.


The stunt on Tuesday was the idea of Bognor, Chichester and South Coast Waspi member Angie Taylor.


Angie, who lives in Bognor Regis, said: “We wanted to put our heads above the parapet to show the government that we are still here and are not going away.


“It’s all about continuing to be a nuisance. We don’t want the government to think we are tired of the situation.”


Women Against State Pension Inequality (Waspi) was formed in protest at the rapid increases in the state pension age for women to 66.


The bus tour also took in the Houses of Parliament and Downing Street before it ended with the protest at the DWP.


The mock ticket was handed to a civil servant for Guy Opperman, under-secretary of state for work and pensions.


The two-and-a-half hour tour also involved the Back to 60 and 63 Is The New 60 protest groups. Bognor Regis-based Radio Respect broadcast the tour live on the internet.

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