With men and women able to claim the state pension effective at the same time, STATE pension increased the age limit in recent years.
The government upgrade for state pension age limit analogy will face a judicial review this week.
The gradual rise in state pension age is a remarkable move
The previous pension age of 60 for women and 65 for men is witnessing a gradual rise. The state pension age limit analogy for both women and men was reached in November 2018.
Notwithstanding, a number of campaigns claimed warning charges were not issued in advanced. It resulted in women lacking time to financially plan for their retirement.
Campaign group BackTo60 sought a judicial review this week, to open the age-limit changes for women.
The state pension age change has impacted hundreds of thousands of women: Campaign Group
The state pension age judicial case is expected to be reviewed on June 5th and 6th.
Campaign group WASPI—Women Against State Pension Inequality—claim the rise in the age limit analogy has impacted hundreds and thousands of women. Those who were born after April 6, 1951, are largely impacted.
A statement on the WASPI website read,
“We are angry that we have been treated unfairly and unequally just because of the day we were born…Significant changes to the age we receive our state pension have been imposed upon us with a lack of appropriate notification, with little or no notice and much faster than we were promised – some of us have been hit by more than one increase.”
In an interview with Express.co.uk, spokesperson of DWP—Department for Work and Pensions—told:
“The government decided more than 20 years ago that it was going to make the State Pension age the same for men and women as a long-overdue move towards gender equality, and this has been clearly communicated.”
People are living longer: State Pension DWP
DWP claims that the government has communicated the state pension age changes through their campaigns. For those who were directly affected were communicated in writing, says DWP.
DWP reportedly sent letters to women affected with this move, between April 2009 and March 2011. Over 1.2 billion women born between 1950-1953 were informed in writing regarding State Pension age under the 1955 Pensions Act.
A report carried out by House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee, which was published in March 2016, addressed the issue of awareness and communication, and stated:
“We will never know how many women did not know, or could not be reasonably expected to know, that their state pension age was increasing.”