WOMEN born in the 1950s will be able to get hands-on help to register formal complaints about the lack of notice they received of the loss of up to six years of their State Pension.

Approximately 1,200 women in the Cardigan area have lost up to £45,000 each due to changes in the law in 1995 and 2011. Many did not receive official notice of these changes at all. For those who did, it came only a short time before they expected to retire at 60.

Members of Ceredigion WASPI (Women Against State Pension Injustice) and a member of MP Ben Lake’s team will be on hand at a drop-in advice session at Cardigan Library on Morgan Street on Wednesday, May 15 from 2.30pm–4.30pm.

Co-ordinator of Cardigan WASPI Rachel Nicholas first contacted Ceredigion WASPI at their previous advice session in the library last November.

“I found that advice session very useful,” said Rachel. “Although we can download and amend template letters from the WASPI website it can be a little daunting.

“The language is a bit legalistic because it’s a formal complaint which may end up with the Ombudsman. And of course, not everyone is confident with computers or have easy access to a printer.

“We will help you to get the letter right and give you a printed copy to post to the Department for Work and Pensions. The advice sessions are also a good way to meet other women in the same boat and to find out what’s happening with our campaign for pension justice.”

Other advice sessions are planned for Lampeter, Aberystwyth and Tregaron.

For more information email waspiceredigion@gmail.com or ring Carys Lloyd in the office of Ben Lake MP on 01570 940 333.