Debbie calls for Government to introduce early retirement at 64 for 1950s born women

In my speech to Labour Conference as Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, I announced new proposals for 1950s born women.

As a starter and in addition to our plans to extend Pension Credit I called on the Government to immediately allow those affected by state pension age equalisation the chance to retire two years earlier at age 64. 

For Labour, these are immediate options that the government could offer now. The government has so far refused to set aside any additional spending for 1950s born women. They would not take up our proposal of Pension Credit despite its modest cost. That’s why we made this new option cost neutral over the long term, by suggesting that those who took it would see a slight reduction in their state pension of a few pounds a week.

This gives the Government no excuse not to implement this now, offering another vital lifeline to those older women who are struggling. We will keep working with those affected and continue to work on compensation for this injustice.

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