A WOMEN’S pension justice campaign in Ceredigion got off to a buzzing start on Saturday, January 19.

MP Ben Lake officially launched the Ceredigion branch of the national Women Against State Pension Injustice (WASPI) campaign at a packed meeting at RAY Ceredigion in Aberaeron.

There are more than 5,000 women in Ceredigion who were born in the 1950s. Despite paying into the National Insurance pot all their working lives they found out at the last minute they would have to wait up to six years longer to get their state pensions.

Mr Lake told the meeting numbering over 70 women: “You have been subjected to a great injustice. It is unacceptable that any Government would implement such drastic changes to anyone’s state pension age.

“It is simply incredible that proper notification and warning of the changes were not communicated to the millions impacted. This must be put right.

“I will be tabling an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons to recognise your hard work in Ceredigion and to highlight the WASPI campaign.

”I urge you to use the formal complaints process to register your dissatisfaction with the way you have been treated and to maintain pressure on the Government to remedy this situation.”

Pamela Judge, joint co-ordinator of Ceredigion WASPI, added: “So far we have helped more than 100 local women to register their complaints.

“Our next step is to get our message out to more 1950s women in Ceredigion, particularly with International Women’s Day coming up.”

Information is available at waspicampaign2018.co.uk/action or contact Carys Lloyd on 01570 940 333 or email waspiceredigion@gmail.com

The treatment of 1950s women’s pensions will be challenged at a judicial review in the High Court on June 5 and 6.