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PENSIONS campaigners from Bognor Regis and Chichester have warned the Government they are here to stay.


The founder of the area’s branch of the Women Against Pension Inequality group, Jill Robertson, said it planned to hold more meetings in the coming year.


“Waspi are not going away. Our meetings are held every four to six weeks across the region.


“…this matter is above politics and needs to be resolved before pensioner poverty increases as a result,” she said.


“We do not call for a reversion in pension age, because we realise that equalisation is needed. The maladministration, however, is what we are challenging as the majority of women were not given sufficient notice of changing their financial circumstances to act as a buffer by having to wait for over five years for their pensions.”


Mrs Robertson was among those who walked out when a government minister spoke about the matter in a Commons debate just before Christmas.


She was in the public gallery for a debate about the financial pressures women born in the 1950s are under because of the rapid increase in their state pension age from 60 to 66.


North Bersted resident Jill said: “I and others in the public gallery heard over 30 MPs support the campaign. The Government continue to ignore and push aside the responsibility of righting this wrong.


“When pensions minister Guy Opperman did not deliver, we turned our backs on him and walked out of the public gallery. It felt historic.”


She was joined by other members from the Waspi group, pictured above. They met with some 100 other members from around the country – either in the public gallery or demonstrating outside.


The all parliamentary group for women’s pensions had called another debate for next April 27 to further challenge the Government about the issue, she added.

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