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50's Women's Rally. 10 Oct 2018 14:53 #10477

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Today the various women's groups against the raising of women's state pension age from 60 to 66 are Rallying in central London.
A lot of other women, myself included would have loved to have been able to be there to have our voices heard, but sadly due to ill health, disability and caring duties weren't able to go.
The problem we have is that we weren't told about the age change. No one mentioned it at the jobcentre because they didn't know either!
We are of a generation when mums stayed home and cared for the family, we had part time jobs not careers. Then later it was often our job to care for elderly parents. We never had a chance to save or pay in for private pensions. It's agreed that retirement ages for men and women should be equalised, but gradually and with notice, not one day 60 next day 66.
Anyway I hope it all goes well for our older women out there showing solidarity for our cause!
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50's Women's Rally. 10 Oct 2018 15:16 #10478

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Totally with all the women who were hit by this grave injustice. I was reading some news stories just yesterday online highlighting this and it has stolen (sunk) the outlook many women had of focussing on their lives and how they would have been able to start a `new` life of creating their own ambitions to feel more free to do things they couldn`t find time for before. Being nearly mid-fifties myself, I would have felt a bit more confident about the next seven years if I knew I was able to retire at 60 but that vision has been blurred by what has happened and I`ll now be nearer 66/67 before I can hope to be free from what is a draconian system and seems like an eternity away. :(

I would like to see a re-instatement of the retirement age for women even if it meant living off what JSA pays but without the conditionality once we reach 60, or at least be given the choice.
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50's Women's Rally. 10 Oct 2018 18:28 #10484

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Yes it's ridiculous that we still get put on courses and sent for interviews that they know we won't get. It's very difficult to find a decent job if you're over 50 never mind 60!
I think pension credits should be available to anyone over 60 who doesn't have much chance of getting a job. Then we wouldn't be at the mercy of the dreaded jobcentre!
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50's Women's Rally. 10 Oct 2018 22:50 #10494

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I think it would have made more sense to get the retirement age for men down to 60 as well at the very least with respect to those with heavy manual jobs. Nursing can be physically demanding too. I totally agree with you about pension credits Dizzy.
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