personal finance

State pension heartbreak: 1950s women left with 'nothing' as campaigner slams age increase

The leader of ’63 is the news 60’, which campaigns for women to receive their pension aged 63, explained thousands of 1950s women took early retirement, in some cases to look after their partners. But due to the age change, these women have been left with no money. The retirement age for women rose to 65 to bring it into line with men and will go up to 66 by 2020, and 67 by 2028.

Speaking to, Ms Robinson said: “There are thousands of ladies out there who have retired say, at 58 to look after a husband of partner who might have been ill thinking that they were going to get their pension at 60.

“They didn’t know and they didn’t get it.

“They’re then left with nowhere to go, no money.

“They’re so many women now in this day and age is ridiculous, there are so many wives living off their husbands because they don’t have their own money.”

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Ms Robinson noted 1950s women were seen as “housewives” and claimed some women won’t get the flat rate pension of £168.60 a week.

She explained only eight percent of women are entitled to the amount while many will go without.

Ms Robinson told “When we started work we didn’t have the benefits of equal pay or equal positions.

“We were considered to be housewives.

“Those years that you were contracted out are now being deducted from the new state pension so because I’ve been self-employed since 1979, I’m one of the eight percent of women who actually gets the full £168.60.”

Her comments come as the Labour Party have pledged £58million in their manifesto to help 1950s women.

But Labour Party candidates have been torn apart over the plans after questions over where they intend to get their money from.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has insisted they will find a way to help women from that decade.


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