Women call on Clegg to think again over pensions

pensionsram'Janet Hague and supporters hand in pensions petition to Nick Clegg's office
pensionsram'Janet Hague and supporters hand in pensions petition to Nick Clegg's office
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A GROUP of women came together at Nick Clegg’s Sheffield office to oppose planned changes to pensions which could make 500,000 women worse-off.

The protesters, including Janet Hague, one of the Sheffield Hallam MP’s constituents, handed a petition containing 10,000 signatures to staff at Mr Clegg’s office in Nether Green.

Signatories from across the country fear that up to half a million women born in 1953 and 1954 could lose up to £15,000 if the Pensions Bill becomes law.

Janet, aged 55, from Whirlow, said: “I worked as an accountant but gave up three years ago to look after my dad. I had planned to receive my pension at 60, then it was put back to 65 and now 66. The only thing I can do to cover my living costs is use my capital.

“It’s been suggested I could take Job Seekers’ allowance or get a job in a shop but not everyone wants that. It’s not fair when you have worked hard and planned to retire at a certain date for things to be changed.” Protesters want Mr Clegg to oppose sections of the Pensions Bill which propose the changes when it is voted on in Parliament.