Rachel Reeves

Member of Parliament for Leeds West

Rachel Demands a U-Turn with State Pension Age Campaign


Rachel  has increased the pressure on the Tory-led Government to put a stop to its unfair plans to accelerate the increase in the State Pension Age.

Under plans contained in the Pensions Bill, which will be debated soon in the House of Commons, the speed at which the State Pension Age is equalised will increase. 500,000 women will have to wait more than an extra year to receive their state pension, 33,000 of them will have to wait for exactly two extra years.

In a debate in the House of Commons yesterday Rachel said the State Pension Age changes were unfair.

After the debate, Rachel said:

"These plans are profoundly and arbitrarily unfair on a group of women who have had to face uncertainty over their retirement age too many times. The speed of their plans is a clear breach of the Coalition Agreement which promised that the State Pension Age would not start to rise to 66 before 2018 for women. There is growing unease on Government benches about this plan, and I will continue to fight for a fairer deal for thousands of women up and down the country."

The campaign has included a lobby of Parliament by women who will be affected and a 10,000 strong petition, handed to 10 Downing Street by Rachel and a group of women angry at the plans last month.

Read more about the issue at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/jun/08/government-cuts-women

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