Report on pension change communication welcomed

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Angus MP Mike Weir welcomed the publication of the House of Common’s Work and Pensions Committee report on Communication of the State Pension Age Changes.

He especially welcomed the efforts of his colleague Mhairi Black MP, for helping secure the recommendation that the UK government should introduce transitional measures for women born in the 1950s and affected by increases to the state pension age.

Commenting on the matter, Mr Weir said: “I have been contacted by a number of women in Angus effected by these changes, and who were never properly informed of the changes that were being made.

“Successive governments’ failure to adequate publicise these changes, and the current government’s actions in accelerating the changes have left many women born in the 1950s in an invidious position.

“These women were not given adequate time to financially plan and it is time for the Tories to swallow their pride and admit that these women have been treated horrendously at the hands of the UK government.

“The committee’s recommendation further underlines calls from the SNP for greater support for the women impacted by these changes and I pay tribute to those involved in the WASPI campaign who have fought tirelessly to bring this issue to the fore.

“The SNP agrees with pension equalisation, but we do not support the deeply unfair manner in which these changes have been made and it is high time these women received their pensions.”