Women Against State Pension Inequality: a distraction from deeper problems

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Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) is waging an impressive campaign for ‘1950s women’ to be compensated for financial hardship arising from the rise in their state pension age (SPA) from age 60. It has the support of Labour and SNP MPs, and its message clearly influenced the House of Commons’ Work and Pensions Select Committee in their March 2016 criticism of the government’s failure fully to communicate SPA equalisation to women affected. The campaign continues to be widely and sympathetically reported.

Women born in the 1950s do face significant financial challenges as they near state pension age. Yet so do men, and so will younger women. In this sense the present domination of the debate by WASPI is a distraction from deeper and more intractable problems in the transition from work to retirement.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherHistory & Policy
Media of outputOnline
Publication statusPublished - 22 Mar 2017


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