Chris Matheson, MP for the City of Chester, held a discussion meeting with those affected by the Government’s changes to the State Pension age for women born in the 1950s.

Women and their partners from across Chester spoke about the destructive result that the changes to women’s state pension age has had upon their lives, and those of their families. The meeting was well attended by 49 individuals.

Chris said: “The Government’s decision to accelerate the rise in the women’s state pension age without notifying them sufficiently has had a devastating impact on many women in Chester who were born in the 1950s. Some of the women I met last week are yet to receive any correspondence from the Government about the change to their state pension age.

“At the meeting, they spoke of the sheer frustration and desperation they feel. The Government continues to move the goal posts for the age they will receive their pension and there seems to be no rhyme or reason to the Government’s calculations, leaving many women and families unprepared for these dramatic changes.

“Nearly 4,000 women in City of Chester have been affected by this policy and I will continue to champion their cause amongst government Ministers and my colleagues on the Labour benches.  In this time of political turbulence, it is more important than ever to remind the Government that this issue will not be brushed under the carpet.”

Following the meeting, Chris is taking his constituent’s ideas to the Government and other Labour MPs. He said: “We must remind parliamentarians that whilst this Brexit crisis continues, the Government cannot silence the voices of the WASPI women”.

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