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Concern over women's pensions

Jenny saluted a major victory for Darlington campaigners after MPs unanimously voted by 158 to 0 to help women hit by state pension age rises.

Women in Darlington have been telling Jenny they are concerned about the fact that around 2.6 million women have had their state pension delayed – in some cases twice, and by up to six years in total – without proper notice, leaving them no time to prepare adequately for their later retirement date.
Women's state pension age was 60 but is increasing to 66 by 2020, in line with rising life expectations, a change that many weren't informed of.

Launching a Commons debate, SNP MP Mhaira Black urged the government to introduce transitional arrangements to help the women affected. She pointed out it affected women across the country and from all classes and said women were being "shafted and short changed" purely because of their gender and their birthdate.
Among a number of MPs speaking in support of the motion, Labour MP Emma Lewell-Buck said “the Government knows about the pension problems but seems content to let women continue to suffer.”
Legislation was initially passed in 1995 with a second change introduced in 2011. The women argue that they weren’t informed of the change in their retirement age.
After voting in the three-hour debate, Jenny said: “This vote is a victory for women – and I thank all those constituents who have told me about their own concerns. Now it’s time for a rethink on behalf of the government.”

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