Almost 5,000 women in Lanark and Hamilton East affected by pension changes

Lanark and Hamilton East MP, Angela Crawley has today written to South Lanarkshire Council calling on the local authority to pass a motion showing solidarity with the Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) campaign.

WASPI are campaigning to achieve fair, transitional state pension arrangements for women born in the 1950s.

Ms Crawley hopes that South Lanarkshire Council too, will give their support to the WASPI women.

Ms Crawley is vice chair of the WASPI All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) and has campaigned on behalf of women across the country whose plans for retirement have been undone by Government fast-tracking plans to align the state pension age for men and women.

The local MP also attended a demonstration on Sunday, June 29 in support of the movement.

Ms Crawley said she was: “proud to stand in solidarity with WASPI women who have been given a raw deal by the Government.

“Women across South Lanarkshire have been affected by changes to the state pension age, including almost 5,000 of my constituents.

“Several council groups in England have already given their support to WASPI women – and I am now asking South Lanarkshire Council to stand in solidarity with these women and call on the UK Government to put in place fair, transitional payments to support the women adversely effected.

“I will continue to highlight the problems faced by women born in the 1950s at every given opportunity to shed some light on the gross unfairness successive governments have allowed.”

She plans to continue her involvement in WASPI by speaking to the group at their next meeting on August 13 in Glasgow.