Devon County Council has added its support to the battle for pension equality

A Bideford woman has hailed the hard work of campaigners after Devon County Council backed their call for pension equality.

Ildi McIndoe, 62, said 
Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) members were delighted the council’s cabinet had agreed to write to the Government.

Following a hike in the pension age to 65, WASPI says many women born after 1951 will face hardship and a longer wait, losing tens of thousands of pounds in the process.

The campaign does not oppose men and women retiring at the same age but says changes have been made too quickly and will cause hardship, so a transition arrangement is needed.

Ildi said Devon WASPI members had been lobbying their county councillors calling for support: “WASPI ladies will be delighted with this news.

“It means that all the hard work and effort a small group of women have put into bringing the campaign to the attention of councils around Devon has paid off. We look forward to meeting with Devon MPs at Westminster later in the year.”

At cabinet, there was all-party support for the move, which was proposed to councillors by the Liberal Democrats.

Council leader John Hart told the campaigners: “We support you.

“The council understands the genuine concerns of people at the impact of the change to state pension arrangements made by this and previous governments.”