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As we reported in last week’s paper, the South Lanarkshire branch of WASPI are holding a public meeting at Spittal Community Centre from 5pm to 7pm on the 12th July.

WASPI are a campaign group urging the UK government to investigate transitional measures for 1950s-born women who have been hit by the equalisation of the state pension age, a change which began in 1995 and was compounded in 2011. An estimated 330,000 women in Scotland are affected by these changes.

The group argue that many women were not aware of the changes, and for those who were, they were not given enough notice to prepare for their changing retirement plans.

The local WASPI branch, organised by Burnside woman Anne Potter, are appealing for new members.

Rutherglen MSP Clare Haughey who will be speaking at the event on the 12th July said:

“The local WASPI branch have campaigned brilliantly over the last few years against their unfair state pension acceleration. It is great to see a Burnside woman leading the charge, and Anne has been influential in making more people aware of this injustice.

“Whether you know about WASPI or not, I encourage 1950’s-born women to attend the public meeting on Thursday to hear more about what you can do or how you could perhaps help.”

WASPI co-ordinator Anne Potter added:

“Whilst our branch has grown greatly in numbers over the last year, there are still thousands of women that haven’t joined our group. The bigger we grow the more vocal we become, and the UK Government wouldn’t be able to continue ignoring us.

“We are all in this fight together, so if you born on or after 6 April 1951, please head along to our event on Thursday.”



‘Women wanted for WASPI meeting’ – article in 4th July 2018’s Rutherglen Reformer.


Date published: 6th July 2018

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