Published On: Wed, Dec 4th, 2019

State pension fury: 1950s woman 10-year plan ruined by DWP changing age of claimants | Personal Finance | Finance

The leader of ’63 is the new 60’, which campaigns for women to receive their pension age, explained her age of entitlement was constantly changed by the Government. Ms Robinson claimed to have received only one letter from the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) IN 2012 telling her she won’t receive her pension until 65. But in the years before that, the age continued to increase.

The retirement age for women rose to 65 to bring it into line with men and will go up to 66 by 2020, and 67 by 2028.

Speaking to, Ms Robinson said: “It was 2014 when I thought I was going to be getting my state pension. I realised I wasn’t at 60.

“A lot of things had happened because I bought a business when I was 52 and mortgage broker at the time said you might be one of those women who will be caught up in the pension changes.

“That was the first I ever heard of it, a mortgage broker in 2006.

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“I rang the DWP and they confirmed I would be 62, not 60 so I took out a 10-year interest only mortgage to get the business up and running.”

In 2009 when Ms Robinson did another pension forecast it said “63 and 11 months”.

She continued: “I rang them up again and said, I thought it was 62, what’s happened? ‘No it’s 63 and 11 months’.

“Now that threw out my 10-year mortgage and I ran the mortgage people and they said, leave it till a bit later in the 10-year window and we’ll discuss how you can add to it.”

“We were considered to be housewives.

“Very few of us went to university, some did but that wasn’t what was expected of you in the post-war era.

“Most of us started work around 15/16 and now we’ve worked for 50 or more years and paid National Insurance all that time and we get nothing more for those extra 15 years on top of 35, that is the magic number now.

“In fact, most women will not get their £168.60 which is the flat rate supposedly pension because a lot of them were contracted out.”

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