Following my Westminster Hall debate on the effect of state pension changes on working-class women, in which my questions to the minister Caroline Nokes were not answered, Iwrote to the Government demanding recognition for working-class women. You can read my letter here.
We have now received a response to the letter, which you can read below.
Whilst it is an improvement on the response of the Minister in the debate, in as much as he does refer to ‘working class women’ he argues that because women in manual trades have the same life expectancy as men professionally employed, there is no unfairness. He forgets that
- professional men are more likely to have private pensions (81% versus 25%)
- professional men are more likely to have started work after university and therefore later than women in manual trades
- professional men will not have had their state pension age changed by seven years with a few months notice.
If such points did apply to men from professional backgrounds, you can be sure they would have received plenty of media attention…
I shall take the matter further with him.