Caroline champions WASPI campaign in Parliamentary Debate

Meriden MP, Dame Caroline Spelman championed the concerns of local women in Meriden constituency who are affected by the sudden changes being made to the Women’s State Pension Age in a debate in Westminster Hall on Tuesday.

The local MP, who is also a member of the All Party Parliamentary Group on State Pension Inequality, argued that women who were preparing for retirement – particularly those who have caring responsibilities for elderly relatives are ‘left in limbo’ as a result of the sudden changes.

Speaking in the Debate, Dame Caroline said:

‘This issue kicks in at the latter stages of a woman’s career, when her caring responsibilities can increase significantly because of elderly parents and her own health may start to deteriorate – meaning that the level of uncertainty and anxiety is greatly increased’.

‘Suddenly, the prepared-for pension does not materialise, and women with caring responsibilities are left in limbo’.

The MP, who has been working closely with WASPI in Solihull Borough recently presented a petition to the House of Commons on the changes, and met with local WASPI campaigners in Birmingham to show her support for new and improved transitional measures.