MP Slams Unfair Government Pensions Changes

Local MP Stuart McDonald attended a debate in the House of Commons challenging the UK Government to back down on changes to the state pension of for women from 60 to 65 between 2010 and 2020.

In 2011 the then coalition government decided to speed up changes, resulting in the state pension age for women increasing to 65 in November 2018 and then to 66 by October 2020.

The Local MP voted in favour of the motion which acknowledged that acceleration of state pension equalisation “directly discriminates against women born on or after 6 April 1951, leaving women with only a few years to make alternative arrangements, adversely affecting their retirement plans and causing undue hardship” – and called for the government to act immediately to support women affected.

The SNP MP for Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East has been contacted by a number of constituents who have been negatively affected by these changes and he has previously spoken in debates on the issue.

Despite being passed by 158 votes to 0, the government minister continued to rule out a change in approach. The local MP has vowed to continue campaigning for a change.

Commenting on the matter Mr McDonald said:

“It is unarguable that these changes to the state pension age for women born in the 1950s are unfair.

“I’ve had a number of constituents contact me who have seen their state pension age increase – sometimes twice – with little or no notice or time to make alternative plans. Some report ending up with very different state pension ages as former school friends have.

“It is deeply disappointing that the UK Government has ignored the result of this vote and are continuing to impose this unfair rushed through measures. I will continue to support this campaign to overturn these discriminatory changes.”