Local MP Alex Cunningham today spoke up for public sector workers during a Westminster Hall Debate on Government proposals to raise the state pension age for women.
Many constituents in Stockton North have contacted Alex to raise their concerns about the Government’s proposals, which will see 5 million people have to wait longer for their state pensions than they currently expect to.
During a packed Debate, Alex spoke out specifically on behalf of women who have worked in the public sector, particularly those who have worked part-time, arguing:
“There is no such thing as a gold-plated pension for public sector workers.”
After the Debate, Alex said:
“The Government is pushing through changes to the state pension age far too quickly, which is particularly unfair on women born in 1953 and 1954 who will now have to wait up to two years longer before they can draw their state pension. Those worst hit will lose out on over £10,000 of pension income or up to £15,000 if they get pension credit.”
“I have been contacted by a large number of women in Stockton North who are hit by this change which is why I wanted to speak out on their behalf during the Debate.”
“These changes are unfair and the Government should think again”.
Alex has also signed Early Day Motion 1402 on this issue which can be found at http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2010-11/1402