Press Release: 15th January 2016
Sheppard challenges Cameron on 18 month pension claim
Tommy Sheppard, SNP MP for Edinburgh East, has today (Friday) written to David Cameron to seek clarification on the equalisation of women’s pensions following his Prime Minister’s question earlier in the week.
During PMQs, Mr Cameron responded to Mr Sheppard’s request for a review into the transitional arrangements for women by stating that “no one should suffer more than an 18-month increase in the time before they were expecting to retire”. Since the PM made this claim, women from across the country have been contacting Tommy to share their experiences of having to wait significantly longer than 18 months. In Mr Sheppard’s letter to David Cameron, he has sought clarification over the 18 month timescale.
Commenting Mr Sheppard said:
“Women across the UK are justifiably angry and upset by the way they are being treated. Many were not given information about the change in their retirement age and are appear to be waiting way beyond the 18 month timescale stated by Cameron. The House voted unanimously to ask David Cameron’s Government to review transitional arrangements in the debate last week yet when I raised this with him, he failed to answer. Today I have reiterated my request in writing.”
Hansard Record of PMQ exchange is available at: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201516/cmhansrd/cm160113/debtext/160113-0001.htm#16011324000881