Visible support for WASPI campaign on eve of crucial judicial decision
County Hall in Carmarthen will be illuminated in purple tonight to show support for the WASPI (Women Against State Pension Inequality) campaign which is fighting for justice for all women born in the 1950s affected by the changes to the State Pension Age. Changes introduced by the UK Government have shattered retirement plans, with devastating financial consequences for thousands of women in the county and some 3.8 million throughout the UK.
The Plaid-led council rapidly agreed to a WASPI request for the visible gesture of support, on the eve of a Queen’s Bench Court decision (15 September 10.30) on whether the DWP handled the policy change properly and whether the women suffered discrimination. If the judges decide that there were faults in the system the women will have won and be entitled to compensation.
“I sincerely hope that this great injustice by the Conservative Government will be rectified,” said Cllr Emlyn Dole, Leader of Carmarthenshire County Council. “Thousands of women in our county who looked forward to retirement, are having to work until they’re 66. Many others face great financial hardship, despite having paid towards a state pension throughout their working lives. A positive legal decision tomorrow would make a massive difference to the lives of so many people.”
“I am thrilled that the County Council have chosen to show their support for the WASPI cause by illuminating County Hall in purple tonight,’ said Adam Price, Plaid Cymru leader and Senedd Member for Carmarthen East and Dinefwr. “This is an extremely important cause, which affects around 10,000 women in Carmarthenshire alone, so it’s great to see the level of support the Council is showing.”