Waspi campaign continues with march outside parliament

The Women Against State Pension Inequality (Waspi) campaign came to Westminster yesterday (October 10th), as thousands marched through central London and blocked the road outside the Houses of Parliament.

It was the latest move in opposition to increases in the state pension age. These have left women born in the 1950s finding they were suddenly unable to receive a state income upon reaching what had been their anticipated retirement age. At one point a list of names of women who had died before reaching pensionable age due to the changes was read out. 

Among the protesters were a number of political figures, including former Green Party leader Natalie Bennett and former Pensions Minister Baroness Ros Altmann. Baroness Altmann told the rally she had been "gagged" by then Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith, and urged him to publicly oppose the changes in the same way he had when he resigned over benefit cuts.