Cambrian News photographer - ‘Women born in 1950s have been wronged by the government’

There was unanimous support at Ceredigion County Council for the national campaign for pension equality raised by WASPI, with up to 5,000 women affected in the area.

Cambrian News reported “At its full council meeting all members voted to back a notice of motion calling for the support of WASPI (Women Against State Pension Inequality Campaign), put forward by council leader Cllr Ellen ap Gwynn.

She told members: “I do feel that women that were born in the 50s have been wronged by the current government, what WASPI want is fair play for women born in the 1950s.”

A group of Ceredigion WASPI campaigners also attended Thursday’s meeting to hear the discussions.

Cllr ap Gwynn called for the council to recognised the campaign, and acknowledge that as many as 5,000 women in Ceredigion are affected by changes to state pension laws because they were born in the 1950s.

Many of these women face financial difficulties members heard with “significant challenges in making ends meet.”

She said that she was “100 per cent behind them, they have been badly treated.”

Cllr ap Gwynn’s motion adds that the council “appreciates that the WASPI women don’t want the state pension age lowered, but ask instead for fair transitional state pension arrangements (bridging pension or financial compensation) for all women affected by the state pension laws” and “resolves to support the WASPI campaign and make representations on behalf of Ceredigion women to the UK Government.”

The campaign is pushing for “fair transitional arrangements” for women affected by the changes to ensure they are not left without income when reliant on state pensions.

The motion was seconded by Cllr Clive Davies and there was support from the chamber” here.