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Pensions pressure

SEVERAL pension campaigners from the Bognor Regis and Chichester area lobbied national politicians to press their case for fairer treatment. Members of Women Against State Pension Inequality (Waspi) joined other south coast groups at the Liberal Democrat party conference in Brighton at the weekend.


Some of them were briefed by Lib Dem MP Stephen Lloyd (Eastbourne) about the latest position in their fight against having their state pension age raised twice in the past decade to 66 without what they claim was sufficient notice.


Mr Lloyd told them: “My office in Westminster continues to liaise with the parliamentary ombudsman. They confirmed last week their inquiry into the Department for Work and Pensions communicating (or not) with women from the 1995 Pensions Act continues apace.


“Sir Vince Cable has publicly committed the Lib Dems to supporting whatever recommendations the ombudsman finally comes up with.


“It’s essential the Waspi members around the country put as much pressure as possible on all politicans, to do the same. It will be very, very hard for the government to refuse.”


He said campaigners needed to carry on to and gain more support to ensure their momentum became unstoppable.


Other women born in the 1950s who want to join the campaign should go to its next meeting from 3-5pm next Tuesday at the Jubilee Hall off Chalcraft Lane in North Bersted.

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