Campaign group to raise awareness at market

WASPI Ladies meeting with Newcastle North MP Catherine McKinnell.
WASPI Ladies meeting with Newcastle North MP Catherine McKinnell.
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A group campaigning to ensure women get a fairer pension are to raise awareness in North Tyneside.

Members of the Newcastle, Wear and Tees WASPI Group will be holding an awareness stall at Tynemouth Market on Saturday.

The group is looking to support and help women born in the 1950s who have been hit by the retirement age being moved twice.

Officials say the Government took 14 years to inform them that the pension age of women had been increased to 65 then there was a year delay in 2011 to say it had increased to 66.

Christine Smith said: “While WASPI do not object to equalisation of the state pension age between men and women, we do object to lack of information. No one can be expected to plan their lives and retirement years with two years notification.

“Women of the 1950s find themselves in an impossible situation. Many have exhausted their life savings, are downsizing homes, sent to apply for Job Seekers Allowance and queuing at food banks.”

“Employers do not want to employ women in their 60s.”