Pension Equality for Women

Chris Stephens Excerpts
Thursday 14th December 2017

(2 years, 9 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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Department for Work and Pensions
Grahame Morris Portrait Grahame Morris - Hansard
14 Dec 2017, 12:16 p.m.

Absolutely. There are things that the Minister and the Government can do immediately. We are unnecessarily creating a generation of women in which many now rely on food banks. Some are being forced to sell their homes and to rely on the benefits system, which is degrading for them.

Chris Stephens Portrait Chris Stephens (Glasgow South West) (SNP) - Hansard
14 Dec 2017, 12:16 p.m.

Does my comrade agree that we should praise the role of the trade union movement in supporting the WASPI women? WASPI campaigners in Glasgow and north Lanarkshire are watching a live broadcast of this debate in the Glasgow city Unison office. One of them is my constituent Kathy McDonald, who has worked for 40 years—since she was 15—but now has to go on working until she is 66.

Grahame Morris Portrait Grahame Morris - Hansard
14 Dec 2017, 12:16 p.m.

Absolutely. This huge injustice affects all nations and regions of the United Kingdom. These are hard-working, decent women who have contributed through the national insurance fund and expected to receive their state pension.