Yvette Cooper MP

Working hard for Normanton, Pontefract, Castleford & Knottingley

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Support the campaign Against the State Pension Increase

The Tory Government's decision to speed up the rise in women’s state pension age has hit many women round here hard. 

I've long argued this was a completely unfair decision and that's why I'm backing the campaign by WASPI (Women Against the State Pension Increase) to get a fair deal for the women affected.

Like Labour MPs from across the country I've called for urgent action from the Government to help those hardest hit immediately and to review all the transitional arrangements for women born in the 1950s who are bearing the brunt of these changes.

The Labour Party has also said that we would provide up to £150 a week extra to women who have been hardest hit by extending Pension Credit. 

I've met WASPI campaigners from our area many times, both here and in Parliament. Let me know if you support the campaign for a fair deal for WASPI women by signing the petition below so we can continue to send a message to the Government.

Goal: 165 signatures

Will you sign?

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signed 2017-07-15 22:33:58 +0100
signed 2017-05-27 17:09:01 +0100
This has affected so many lives, and meant that a lot of women who had planned for their retirement find that this has been turned on its head. I know a lot of my friends are now trying to address the adjustments and coping with this loss. They may have looked at this differently when they were planning ahead, and looked at different options, if they had known this would come in as harsh as it has.
signed 2017-05-17 18:24:44 +0100
signed 2017-05-16 16:50:01 +0100
I think it is totally unfair that women born in 1954 have to wait until 2020 to receive state pension and bus pass when many of us started work at fifteen.
signed 2017-05-16 14:08:05 +0100
signed 2017-05-13 11:11:41 +0100
Hi Yvette, thank you for your letter. I do indeed feel very let down and disagree with the politicians who said I had plenty of warning re the changes. The real bugbear for me is the double whammy, to be told an extra 5 years had been added to my working life was bad enough but then to have another year added is pretty diabolical in my book.

Are you aware of the HEAF study? Health and employment in the over 50’s.
signed 2017-05-11 12:37:21 +0100
I am 63 years old (DOB: 20.01.54) and have worked full-time all my life since the age of 16. I have had no children. Luckily I have had no need to attend hospital until I reached the age of 60, therefore, I have not been a drain on the NHS either. I am divorced and an independent person therefore I have to work to keep myself. However, at the moment I am really struggling as I work full time and care for my 87 year old Mum whom I live with. The toll of working full-time all these years has begun to take it’s toll. I have COPD and my whole body is suffering from aches and pains – basically it is just ‘wear and tear’. It is definitely time for me to ‘pack in, call it a day’ and ‘let the young ones have a go’ but I cannot as the private pension I have paid in is not enough to live on until I get my state pension. So I carry on regardless.

There are a lot of women like myself but their voice is ‘not being heard’. Thanks for helping us and giving us a voice. My sister would sign the petition too. She was born in 1951 and has now received her pension. Her name is Diane Richards, 27 Walnut Drive, Larks Hill, Pontefract. Please contact her.

Keep up the good work Yvette I love to hear you speaking, you talk a lot of sense. Why not go for PM??

Best wishes

Gail Richardson
signed 2017-05-10 13:06:35 +0100
signed 2017-05-09 18:32:03 +0100
signed 2017-05-08 11:41:29 +0100
signed 2017-05-07 23:12:18 +0100
It is disgusting that the pension age increased by 6 years, just like that! Now if I want to draw some pension, to reduce my hours, I am penalised for taking it “early” if I do that. I am in a job that is too hard to keep doing till I am 66. I am nearly 63 now and on my knees>I have worked since I was 16
signed 2017-05-07 15:35:17 +0100
My pension age was increased twice and this is wrong when I have worked and contributed for 46 years.
signed via 2017-05-07 12:28:01 +0100
I was never informed of any pension age increase. I found out aged 58 when asking for my pension forecast. At 66 I’ll have worked for 51 years so if I only needed 35 years contributions am I being forced to work on 6 more years and suffering through poor health which is exacerbated by my job!
signed 2017-05-06 10:41:12 +0100
signed 2017-05-05 16:54:26 +0100
signed 2017-05-05 13:09:10 +0100
signed 2017-05-05 12:06:43 +0100
signed 2017-05-05 09:21:37 +0100
My pension age has been increased by 6 years with very little notice and no time to make provision and I’m really struggling!
signed via 2017-05-04 22:07:39 +0100
signed 2017-05-04 20:42:35 +0100
Like many women of my age I am disgusted that the government have pushed this change through with very little publicity leaving women born in the fifties often needing to work until 66+ or living on a very low income after years of employment and paying into the system.

Something has to change to address this gross unfairness.
signed 2017-05-04 20:16:12 +0100
signed via 2017-05-04 20:00:24 +0100
signed 2017-05-04 20:00:12 +0100
signed 2017-05-04 19:48:46 +0100
I was born in the fifties and do agree with this fight for a fairer pension deal for women like me. However i also think that the rise in pension age for men in the same position should be voluntary rather than compulsory. Many men as well as women are dying before ever reaching pension age. Not everyone retires well enough to enjoy their retirement. My husband lost his battle with leukaemia last December at age just 62. All our plans for our future retirement will never be realised. I think retirement age should be 60 for both men and women but with the option of working longer if you want to. Theres been a lot said that because we are living to older age this is causing a problem with funding retirement. I would argue that the government should be making it a priority to find funding for retirement, after all the rules are not the same for everyone ie those better off who can afford to retire when they want have a luxury that such as myself and the majority of people don’t have. I have always voted labour and will continue to do so but i hope the next time we have a labour government that some of these issues will be addressed. Janice Gobin.
signed 2017-05-04 17:39:18 +0100
signed 2017-05-04 16:04:49 +0100
This is like stealing money off people. I agree with everything you say.
signed 2017-05-04 15:01:13 +0100
I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in November 2016. If the goalposts had not been moved I would have been retired and in receipt of state pension. As it stands now, I have been forced to give up my full time job because of my deteriorating health and am currently struggling to manage on ESA payments of £73 per week. I am only 61. I have 5 more years to go until I retire. I feel very badly treated by the government and very angry that having worked all my life I have been placed in this position.
signed 2017-05-04 11:12:56 +0100
signed 2017-05-04 10:46:30 +0100
I worked 41 years most of those for the NHS. I was born with a missing scapula and other health problems, but I was determined to try to have as normal life as possible. This is why I worked as I did which wasn’t always easy, I worked as a health care support worker along with the District Nursing Team and at the local Hopice sometimes doing ten shifts at a time.

When I reached 55 I had to finish due to my deteriorating health, and spent time in hospital with spinal and breathing problems. I am now 63 in July this year, I Support the Castleford Waspi ladies and have met you at one of the first meetings. Unfortunately I am not well enough to keep up with the meetings and the demonstrations,but I am with them in spirit. I will be nearly 66when I get my SP. That is if I am still around. With my deteriorating health and little spare money, having my SP would have made my life so much easier. It is so very unfair.

I feel that we should be treated like we deserve to be. We have worked so hard We should be compensated for thousands of pounds that we are owed.

Many thanks for your continued support.
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