Kate has shown her support for the Trafford Action Group, which campaigns to raise awareness of the unfair treatment of local women affected by changes to their state pension age, at an event to celebrate the legacy of the group’s campaigning.
Kate buried a time capsule in Trafford Town Hall vault which contained Trafford WASPI memorabilia, photos and records of the group campaigning, and letters detailing their work fighting for women’s right to their pensions.
At the event on Friday 18 January, Andrew Western, the Leader of Trafford Council, unveiled a plaque in acknowledgement of the work of Trafford Action Group under the leadership of organiser, Wendy Eachus.
The 1995 Pensions Act increased the State Pension Age (SPA) for women from 60 to 65 between April 2010 and 2020, to bring it in line with that of men.
But in 2011, the coalition government moved the goalposts so that the SPA has reached 65 by November 2018, then rising to 66 by 2020, leaving some women having to wait an additional six years to get their pensions.
Women born in the 1950s weren’t given adequate notice of changes and have been unable to plan for their new circumstances, leaving some in serious financial difficulty. Thousands of women across Trafford are affected.
Kate has supported the Trafford women in their fight for pensions justice for the past several years, raising their concerns in parliament and supporting them locally.
Kate said “I was honoured to bury a time capsule on behalf of the Trafford Action Group.
“It’s outrageous that so many women across Trafford have suffered because of the government’s thoughtless changes to the state pension age. This time capsule will tell future generations about how their great-great grandmothers determinedly fought for their right to their state pension.
“I’ll continue to speak up for the right of 1950s women to be treated fairly.”
Wendy Eachus, organiser of Trafford Action Group, said: “After nearly four years of campaigning locally and nationally we are no nearer the government rectifying this injustice.
“As of yet we do not have our pensions. However, through our campaigning, women have been made aware of the changes to the State Pension age so no future generation of women will find themselves in the position we did, reaching our 60th Birthdays only to find out we cannot receive our pensions for up to another six years.
“Today we have stamped our mark on Trafford’s history and leave a legacy. But our fight for justice continues.”