The plight of women born in 1953 and later and without any other income except a means tested unemployment belefit or the like worries me greatly.
Whilst I do agree that if the Waspi campaign’s aims could be achieved rapidly it would be a great achievment I think there are better alternatives.
Just one example, benefit for being unemployed without the need to prove that you are looking for work at 62hrs, pension credit at 63 years and pension at 64 years all rising by 2 years steadily by 2020.
The lack of a need to prove that folk are looking for work would actually save the government money in administration, and put the claiment under much less stress.
Pension credit is much cheaper than paying a pension to everyone.
And surely if anyone has to wait, it should be those that, whilst entitled to their pension they paid for, are not in dire need.
Men should be entitled to pension credit at 65 which would ease the blow of their pension rising to 66, and would show a genuine concern for fairness.
The death rate has risen by 5% in the last year so the government must be paying out less in pensions than originally expected.
However if money really does need to be saved, it could be to keep the triple lock but reduce the fixed percentage to 1%. Current pensioners would still the higher of prices or wages increase