Protesting against the lack of support for women almost to their retirement age, the Women Against State Pemsion Inequality (WASPI) had marched to Westminster to chant their protest anthem against the Government.
Supporters from Plymouth, Devon and Cornwall had begun their protests as hundreds of others from across UK had chanted against the accelerated increase of women’s retirement age without proper financial support for those directly affected.
A choir of 200 women joined by MPs concerned about the same cause marched to Parliament to raise awareness of the campaign.
Ceri Jayes from Kingsbridge said: “I had assumed that I would be getting my state pension from the age of 60.
“Like thousands of other 1950s born women I had no notification from the Department of Work and Pensions that my retirement date had been changed, not once but twice.
“In March 2012 I wrote to the Pension Service for confirmation that I would receive the full state pension that I expected on reaching my 60th birthday in January 2015.
“The reply to the letter that I instigated was a huge shock – I would be getting my pension from 2021, my 66th birthday.
“I am ashamed and angry that, having been independent for 40 years, I am now unable to support myself. It is fantastic that WASPI is doing it’s best for the thousands of disenfranchised women.”
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