8 March 2018
In Febraury Sheffield City Council passed a motion at Full Council to support Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI).
Today on International Women’s, Deputy Leader, Councillor Olivia Blake, along with The Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Councillor Anne Murphy and other local councillors, met with women from the WASPI group who are affected by the state pension changes and campaigning for justice.
Deputy Leader of Sheffield City Council, Councillor Olivia Blake, said: “Last month we passed a motion at full council to support the WASPI campaign. On International Women’s Day we have turned the fountains purple to stand shoulder to shoulder with the campaign by these determined WASPI women and highlight the real impact the changes in state pension have had on women in the city.”
The campaign is to support women born in the 1950’s whose state pension age has gradually increased from 60 to 66.
Most of these woman received no notice or information and reached the age of 60 without knowing they weren’t getting a pension. Many women have been left using food banks and living below the poverty line.
Vicky Horton, WASPI Sheffield Coordinator had this to say about the importance of the campaign.
People can find out more about the campaign at www.waspi.co.uk or on the Sheffield Facebook page at WAPSIsheffield.