While we agree with the equalisation of the State Pension Age, we do not support the unfair manner in which these changes were made in the 2011 Pensions Act. Around 3.9 million women were affected by the accelerated pace and many will receive their pension years later than expected.
This is a mess of the Tories making and they must take responsibility and deliver the pension that women born in the 1950s deserve – ending this inequality at source. The SNP will continue to campaign at Westminster to deliver fair pensions for WASPI women.
Pensions are fully reserved to Westminster. Even with the limited social security powers devolved to Scotland, the Scottish Parliament does not have the power to create new pension benefits. This is explicitly set out in the Scotland Act 2016.
Neither can the power to top-up benefits be used because WASPI women are not yet in receipt of a pension.
The Tories have ducked their responsibility to the WASPI women for too long. Pensions are not a privilege, they are a contract and the UK Government has broken that contract – it is time to end this inequality at source.