A Labour councillor’s call for the local authority to lend its weight to a campaign to return the pensionable age of women to 60 will be discussed again next week.

Cllr Tom Tudor has highlighted the WASPI (Women Against State Pension Inequality) campaign on a number of occasions, with a Notice of Motion previously been discussed in 2017.

The campaigners agree with equalising women’s and men’s pension ages, but not the “unfair” way the changes are being implemented.

The changes to the state pension law impacted on all women born from, April 6, 1950 to April 5, 1953.

Corporate resources overview and scrutiny committee will discuss Cllr Tudor’s NoM again at its meeting on September 12 along with a HR report which states women experience hardship due to: “significant pension changes imposed on them by the Pensions Acts of 1995 and 2011 with little/no/personal notification of the changes.”

Cllr Tudor has said: “This issue affects many women in Pembrokeshire in total 3,800 women are affected in Preseli Pembrokeshire, including women from my Ward the Castle Ward of Haverfordwest hence the reason for tabling this Notice of motion to Pembrokeshire County Council.”

When previously discussed cabinet supported the recommendation that “whilst we would support and empathise with the women affected the Authority is not in a position to influence such matters. However, as political groups or as individual members it is possible to have a direct say in the national debate.”

The NoM is again recommended to not be adopted but “that individual Councillors and Political Groups make their own submissions to Government on this matter,” while the results of a Judicial Review are awaited.

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