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Former office secretary Sally Hyde said three years before her 60th birthday she received an ‘unwarranted’ letter from the Department for Work and Pensions stating her retirement age had been increased from six year to 65. One year later, the number increased to 66 again.
A Waspi campaigner has described the government’s raising of the government pension age as an ‘act of robbery’ that has pushed thousands of women into poverty.
In 2011, former office secretary Sally Hyde received a letter from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) stating her retirement age had been increased by five years to 65.
Two years later, she received another letter saying it had risen again and that she would retire at 66 instead.
Mrs Hyde, now 66, told The Mirror: “I am a woman born in 1950, and I believed from the day I started working that I would have pension scheme at the age of 60.
“I worked as a Saturday Girl at Woolworths, while still in school, then started working full time.”
She spent the next 45 years of her career in office jobs and planned to retire in five years before turning 60.order birthday.
Ms Hyde said: “It would have been better if it had been called the Grand Pension Robbery, as it was quite simple.
“I have been paying for 45 years, but most of which were “contracted” that means even though I have worked more years than is necessary to qualify for the statewide pension, I still won’t get it, due to contracted status.
“I received the unaudited pension forecast for 2011 by the DWP, and that was the first time I realized that the state pension age was increasing. Mine went from 60 to 65 in one swoop.
“In 2013, I got another letter from the DWP saying another year had been added, and retirement age it’s 66 now.
“The problem is that I turned 60 in 2015, leaving me without enough time to try to make up the six-year gap without a pension.”
In 2016, a year after 60 order For her birthday, Ms. Hyde was left with a surplus, leaving her facing an even larger retirement deficit.
“I lost my role in early 2016, because of my age and health I couldn’t get another job,” she said.
Fortunately, Ms. Hyde’s husband, a former truck driver, had amassed enough savings to keep them afloat.
“Many women my age are not so fortunate, and they are living in poverty, working in extremely poor health because they have no support,” she said.
“We wouldn’t mind if we women had equal rights throughout our working lives, but we never have.
“I have never been paid the same amount as men who do the same work as me. I never had a chance to apply or get promoted, as women were never seen as “salaried workers” but simply earning a bit of “pin money”. ”
The government said it had changed the pension age to make retirement equal for both sexes, but Ms Hyde said: “It’s not fair to offer equality in destination, when it hasn’t been. there for the rest of the ride, but that’s exactly what happened.”
“These changes were made without providing us with the necessary information to prepare for the event.
“All of this was decided in 1995, but I know a lot of people who were never officially informed of the changes.”
She thinks it would be fairer to raise the retirement age to 63 – the age of ‘meeting in middle age’ for both men and women.
Mrs. Hyde says the fight is still going on for Women of the Waspi . generation.
“I have attended any protest marches, in Cardiff, London and Manchester.
“This issue affects every UK household, we all have a grandmother, mother, aunt, sister, cousin, niece, daughter-in-law or a friend affected, even if personal Your kernel is not affected.
“I feel stressed, frustrated, angry and deeply moved by the way my last generation of female workers has been treated. We have worked hard and contributed our whole lives, and this is the end result. ”
Last summer, the Parliamentary Ombudsman ruled that government officials were “too slow” to notify many women of the increase. state pension age . The decision was hailed as a significant victory for the WASPI campaign calling on the government compensation for affected women.
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However, the Ombudsman does not have any powers to reimburse pensions and cannot recommend that people receive their state pension earlier than allowed under current law.
A spokesman for the Department of Employment and Pensions previously said: “Over 25 years ago, the Government decided to make the state pension age equal for men and women, which is a long overdue move in the for a long time towards gender equality.
“Increasing the State pension age in line with life expectancy changes has been the policy of successive administrations for many years.”
It said both the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal supported the actions of the DWP, under successive governments dating back to 1995, and that the Supreme Court denied the plaintiffs’ right to appeal.
The story behind the Waspi . generation
Many women born in the 1950s were initially told they would retire at age 60 – five years earlier than men, until the government changed equal rights in 1995.
That year, the Department of Employment and Pensions raised the pension age to 65, the same age as men.
But it gave women 15 years of regret, and then from 2010 began to gradually increase the age.
In 2011, the government sped up the process – and dropped a bombshell on women born in 1953-4 who suddenly knew they would have to wait longer than expected to retire.
This means that women born before April 6, 1950 can still retire at age 60, but women born a year after that will have to wait longer, and those born in the mid-50s have to wait until their 66th birthday to receive the state pension.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/money/waspi-woman-says-dwps-retirement-26406508 Waspi woman says DWP retirement age 'robbed' thousands of dollars from her state pension