Last week I spoke in a debate in the Assembly about pension inequality and the Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) campaign. I paid tribute to campaigners in the Vale of Glamorgan, including Kay Clarke, who has helped bring women together to learn more about the impact of UK government changes to state pensions, which have detrimentally affected many women born in the 1950s.
I felt it was important to quote campaigner Kay Clarke in my speech, and her challenge to the Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns, to address this long standing injustice.
I fully support the campaigners, who have highlighted the unfair changes made to women’s state pensions in the UK Government’s Pension Acts. They have raised concerns about a lack of notification of these pension changes, which has forced many women born in the 1950s into hardship. I hosted an event in Barry last year which was attended by women who are affected by the changes. The UK Government needs to respond to their call for pension justice.