The state pension age for women rose to 65 to bring it into line with men and will go up to 66 by 2020, and 67 by 2028. But the leader of ’63 is the new 60’ which campaigns for women to receive their pension aged 63 has hit back. Mariana Robinson doesn’t believe any Government will overturn primary legislation to bring the age bring the age back to 60.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, Ms Robinson said: “What we don’t have on our side is time.
“I’ve been campaigning now for five years and I’m weary of it.
“But I sat down one day and thought, why is it that out of 3.4million women has no one come up with a better idea than demanding our pensions back to 60.
“I don’t think any Government is going to overturn primary legislation because having read some of that it said in 1995 women’s state pension age will have increased in 2020, not by 2018.”
Her comments come as she detailed there are 1950s women being forced to sleep in their cars and rely on food banks.
Ms Robinson told Express.co.uk: “State pension is about £8,000 a year and I need to supplement that by £5,000 a year just to live.
“That doesn’t mean going out, that doesn’t doing anything, it doesn’t mean holidays, it doesn’t meaning joining lots of organisations and clubs.
“It simply means existing.
She added thousands of 1950s women took early retirement, in some cases to look after their partners.
But due to the age change, these women have been left with no money.
She said: “There are thousands of ladies out there who have retired say, at 58 to look after a husband or partner who might have been ill thinking that they were going to get their pension at 60.
“They didn’t know and they didn’t get it.”