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Pension fight

Fifties-born women in the Chichester and Bognor Regis have vowed to keep on fighting for a better pension.


The Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) members said a court defeat would not mean the end of their campaign against ‘unfair moves’ by the government to equalise the state pension at 66.


The High Court decision last week followed a judicial review by the Back to 60s pensions campaign group. The case was backed by WASPI on behalf of its members born between 1950 and 1960.


Jill Robertson, the WASPI Bognor & Chichester South Coast Group co-ordinator, said the outcome was very disappointing.


“However, this decision does not cover the maladministration case which is at the centre of the WASPI campaign.


“The progress of our ongoing maladministration complaints with the Department for Work and Pensions and the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman has been suspended pending this decision,” she said.


“We know that both bodies will be considering the outcome and taking a decision on whether and how to proceed with our cases.


“We will also be taking legal advice on the implications for our mass maladministration complaint.”


The group would update its members with further information about its next steps in the campaign for justice for all 1950s-born women, she added.

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