Waspi is growing in strength

Members of the WASPI group with Leigh MP Jo Platt
Members of the WASPI group with Leigh MP Jo Platt

Campaigners fighting for a fairer pensions deal for women born in the 1950s have taken to the airwaves to champion their cause.

Leigh’s Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) group is leading the charge as members rail against the fact many women will not get their state pension now at 60.

We are going from strength to strength with our group

Geraldine Miller

In their latest awareness drive, they invited BBC radio reporter Kevin Fitzpatrick along to hear individual tales of those affected by the government-backed pensions reforms.

Leigh MP Jo Platt and Couns John Hardin and Pam Stewart also joined the weekly drop-in session at St Mary’s Parish Church.

Organiser Geraldine Miller said: “We are going from strength to strength with our group, which is the most active in the country being the first to lead on a lot of different things to help 1950s-born women.”

An estimated 4,000 people in the Leigh area alone are thought to be affected by the pensions shift and around 99,000 across Greater Manchester.

Geraldine added: “Kevin listened to the history of the campaign and wanted to know about the Leigh group which also supports women from other areas who don’t have a group.”

Several guests from the Trafford area were in attendance to discover how the Leigh contingent has developed.

The drop-in sessions offer workshops to learn new information technology skills and regular updates on efforts to change the pensions anomaly,

“Five women spoke at length about their daily struggle to manage and how their retirement plans have been left in tatters,” said Geraldine.

WASPI is currently working with a local training provider Joining Communities to develop the IT skills of members even further.

The group now has a Twitter handle @waspilpg