Court of Appeal dismisses state pension age challenge

15 September 2020

Julie Delve, 62 and Karen Glynn, 63, took to the Court of Appeal to contest the increase of the state pension age for women from 60 to 66. However, the appeal has been unanimously dismissed by the court, but associated campaign groups have vowed that they will take the case to the Supreme Court, and that their fight is not yet over.

Roughly four million women who were born in the 1950s have been impacted by the change which has been taken by previous governments, in an attempt to secure “pension age equalisation”. Delve and Glynn stated that they have been unlawfully discriminated against by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) by the fact that they have been forced to wait for their state pensions.

In dismissing the appeal, judges on the case found that governments had taken the appropriate stapes to notify any individuals affected by the change, and were allowed to focus on an issue of the “highest economic and social importance.”

In discussion of the High Court dismissing the first challenge, it was observed that it was “entitled to conclude on the evidence that the publicity campaign implemented by the DWP had been adequate and reasonable.”

Campaign group BackTo60 backed Delve and Glynn, and argued discrimination on the basis of both age and sex.  Delve believed she would receive her state pension back in 2018 at the age of 60, but, following the changes, she will now not receive it until 2024.
 


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