WASPI Request Early State Pension Access

The Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) movement is campaigning against recent increases in the State Pension Age, which they feel were implemented without giving some women enough warning, and enough time to change their financial planning to accommodate the change. They have now launched a petition to parliament requesting early access to their pensions for women born in the 1950s.

FT Adviser reports

“The petition was launched by the Waspi Voice faction of the movement, and went live last night (14 February). By 10:45 am this morning it had already gathered 2,228 signatures… Waspi seeks to address the grievances of women affected by the government’s decision to raise the state pension age for women from 60 to as high as 66. The change caught many women born in the 1950s by surprise, in some cases leaving them without an income… The petition calls for the government to “implement optional early drawing of a reduced state pension for the 1950s women”… It states: “The government must provide a timely solution to women affected by the Waspi/Waspi Voice issues who have no entitled income for up to six years as a result of the way increases to the state pension age were implemented leaving many with insufficient funds to meet their existing financial commitments.” … As with all parliamentary petitions, if it reaches 10,000 signatures the government will have to respond, and if it reaches 100,000 the issue will be considered for debate in parliament.”