Video: women’s pension changes campaigners’ victory song

This video footage shows Derbyhsire members of campaign group Women Against State Pension Inequality celebrating with a victory song on the steps of County Hall, Matlock.

The women were delighted after County Councillors passed a motion which calls upon the Government to reconsider its position over women born between 1951 and 1955 who will lose years of pension entitlement due to changes which they were not told about.

The campaigners represent more than 44,000 women in Derbyshire alone who face long delays in receiving their state pensions - many of whom now have no income at all.

In 1995 the retirement age for women was increased from 60-65, in-line with men’s, but this changed again in 2011 to 66 for both men and women.

But many of the women affected received no notification of the changes and so failed to plan for the additional time period without an income.

The issue is currently the subject of a cross-party parliamentary group which seeks to find a fair solution for 2.1 million women affected by the problem across the UK.