‘We feel we are the invisible generation who have had our pensions stolen from us with little or no notice. We’ll be seen this time with our high vis vests, banners, placards and sashes and a loud flash-mob dance!’
Saturday 4 April 12 noon members meet up Norwich Weatherspoons Riverside (Queen of Iceni)
Tuesday 21 July Several groups are gathering in London to support the court case. We are organising a coach with 3 pick ups, probably Swaffham, Norwich and Thetford. It will be approximately £15 return depending on numbers, please let us know asap if you are interested and we can keep you informed of details.
Lorraine White, Annette James, Lynn Nicholls : Admin Team
The maladministration complaint to DWP (Department of Work & Pensions) & ICE (Independent Case Examiner). This is a series of complaint letters many of us have written which lead to the Parliamentary & Health Ombudsman (PHSO). The PHSO have selected 6 cases from the thousands submitted to investigate. We believe whatever the outcome it will apply to all our complaints and, if it is offered, it will be up to individuals if they accept compensation which could range from £900 to £9000.
Back to 60 group have lodged an appeal to the High Court following the dismissal of the Judicial Review last year. Their case is due to be heard on 21/22 July 2020. This group are asking for full restitution (everything back we have lost). Everyone’s figure will differ depending on how much longer you have waited for your state pension.
APPG – (All Party Parliamentary Group). This group has now reformed and is made up of supportive MPs from all parties working together to find a solution to the injustice we have suffered and keeping our case in the public eye. One solution suggested a while ago was access to state pension earlier but at a reduced rate for life. Every group has a different ‘ask’ (what they actually want). The larger groups – Waspi, We Paid in you Pay Out tend to dominate the talks, however they do not speak for many of us.
In Norfolk our group have been successful in gaining our County Council’s support and we are still liaising with them to get a bus pass while we wait the extra years for our pensions. This is not proving easy, but we keep trying and are still hopeful.
We have several new MPs across Norfolk and feel it is important for members to make contact with their MP, to make them aware so the situation is fully understood for when it comes up for discussion in the house. We have a template letter to help you with this.
We have a growing number of Norfolk County Councillors who are supportive, please contact yours if possible, they need to know how we are struggling. Obviously it is our pension we are fighting for but a bus pass is practical help while we wait.
‘It’s a badge of shame’ – Clive Lewis speaks at women’s pensions protest in Norwich city centre.