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Councillors back women’s fight against delayed retirement date

WOMEN fighting for their state pensions signed up two Bognor Regis councillors to their campaign.


The WASPI members stopped at the town council’s latest drop-in session when they realised it coincided with their latest publicity walk along the seafront.


They took the chance to talk to town councillors Pat Dillon and Jeanette Warr about their concerns.


Jill Robertson, the founder of the WASPI Bognor and Chichester South Coast  group, said: “Cllr Dillon and Cllr Warr heard our stories and about the current government response in Parliament and pledged to help support the campaign.”


WASPI stands for Women Against State Pension Inequality and is battling for transitional payments for women who were born in the 1950s. They have twice had their state pension dates delayed by the government as it equalises the start of the payments until 66 for both sexes.


Some women have lost tens of thousands of pounds in pension because of the rapid raising of the age from 60.


“More than 63,000 women in West Sussex are affected,” said Jill.


The matter hit the national headlines this month when a debate among MPs saw a government pensions minister, Guy Opperman, suggest the affected women should become apprentices.


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