Tory pension changes leave women on £8 a week – we must stop this, says Labour MP

Labour’s Alex Cunningham says his party is committed to helping those women who made plans to retire under the previous timeline

Imagine reaching your retirement age only to find that it had been quietly pushed back.

This is the fate that has befallen 2.6 million women, born in the early 1950s who had expected to retire, only to find out at the last moment that their retirement age had moved.

How has this happened?

The Tory-led Coalition Government implemented a chaotic and confused shortened timetable to increase the state pension age.

These complicated changes were not properly communicated to the women affected.

Leaving them struggling to make new plans for a later retirement.

The Tories’ own former Pensions Minister Baroness Altman has described the move as a “massive failure in public policy.”

One of the women affected by the Tories’ changes described how she has been forced to live with a friend, with only £8 a week income, having to borrow money while worrying about how she might pay for basic medical treatment.

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