Anger on the Home Front

Baroness AltmanI really hope that Mrs P isn’t reading this because if there is one thing that gets her down in the dumps it is being reminded of the change in the retirement age for women.

It means she has to wait an extra six years before she is eligible for her state pension and to say she isn’t happy about it would be an understatement.

The same is true the other 499,999 women born in the 1950s are affected by the change and who can blame them? To be told that you have to spend an extra tenth of you life with your nose to the grindstone than you’d ever planned for is a bit of a bombshell to say the least.

Baroness Altman * (above) is the minister responsible for ‘increasing saving for, and security in, later life’ and thinks the sudden change is okay because those affected were given clear warning by letter in 2011 (I think). In other words, they were given five years to save for their security in later life if they chose to retire at sixty as they had always planned.

A perfect example of ‘because we say so’ government that is steamrollered through parliament without a thought for impact it has on real people. But there is some light at the end of the tunnel. Pressure from the likes of Women Against State Pension Inequality seems to be gaining some traction with an intractable government with a committee of MPs recommending some sort of compromise.

I do hope so – it would be good for Mrs P’s blood pressure.

* I tried my best to find out what Baroness Altman was paid and what pension she can expect from the state, but the DWP website wasn’t forthcoming. But she was allegedly one of the Tory infiltrators in last year’s Labour leadership contest.

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5 comments… Add yours
  • Yorkshire Pudding 15th March 2016

    Is Baroness Altmann a coloured lady or has she just spent far too much time lounging around on faraway beaches? Perhaps she was tangoed! She was appointed as Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2014 Birthday Honours for services to pensioners and pension provision! How ironic is that?

  • e 15th March 2016

    Next thing you know, pensions will be a thing of the past as they’ve become here for a lot of people…Best to Mrs. P.

  • Trevor Rowley 15th March 2016

    Sadly, for Baroness Altmann (although,she may be quite happy with it), she appears to resemble a male drag artist. I’ll go away and have a think about who it could be.

    PS Thinking of drag artists, I recall some local (Manchester ) variety acts from the Sixties and Seventies). There was Jackie Carlton and Al Showman two outrageous comedians (appeared with Kathy Kirby and Vince Hill in “Stars and Garters” on national TV). The outstanding act was Bunny Lewis, looked better than most women of his age when he was made up. I caught his act at Ashton Palais, in the Sixties. He got a volunteer up out of the audience and told him, reassuringly, “Don’t worry, it may be legal but it’s not compulsory.”

  • Roger Green 16th March 2016

    that was a silly way to go. In the US, when they were to raise the retirement rate, the folks in in their 60s weren’t affected at all, and the younger folks’ retirement age were added gradually. (Six months for the next oldest group, et al)

  • Trevor Rowley 17th March 2016

    Mr P, you say that the people affected by these propsals were given clear warning by letter in 2011. In actual fact, the advance publicity for this venture was broadcast well before – in something like 2004. I remember the consternation in the office where I was based as the (predominantly female) staff were able to do their own personal calculations to work out how many more extra years they would have to work to be able to claim the full state retirement pension. Don’t forget that there had been talk for quite some time that we would fall in line with Europe and reduce the male retirement age to sixty (from sixty five). Sadly, this move never came about and it was then decided that women would have to work longer, and retire at sixty five, the same age as their male colleagues. Not satisfied with this, the age was then extended for both. It was sad to see work colleagues having to accept the fact that their working days would continue much longer than they had anticipated – in one case, a female colleague newly diagnosed with cancer. Life can be hard.


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