Are you a woman born in the 1950s?  Are you aware of the changes to the state pension that could leave you seriously disadvantaged?

Changes to the state pension were speeded up by this Government in 2011 and there is a huge lack of awareness about what this means for women.  This means that many women have been unable to plan.  It means many women will be entering older age in serious poverty.

Craig Mackinlay is meeting women, their partners, friends, families, to discuss this matter this Saturday.

The meeting will be held on Saturday, May 21, between 10am -; 11:30am at Ramsgate Football Club Function Room, Price’s Avenue, Ramsgate.

If you would like to attend contact Craig Mackinlay’s office on 01843 603242 or at

 If you want to know more about WASPI (the Women Against State Pension Inequality campaign) to their Facebook page

The campaign is demanding that the government make fair, transitional arrangements for those women affected.  Find the petition here.


Your Labour councillors will be present at this meeting and want to present the case forcefully and comprehensively.  If you would like your thoughts, your experiences, your fears represented at that meeting but you are not able to attend in person, get in touch with us.

Cllr Karen Constantine

Cllr Susan Kennedy

 We will be calling on Craig MacKinlay to Understand that the lack of proper notice for women amounts to unfairness and inequity. 

We will be asking him to call upon the Government to 
1. introduce a taper which will allow women adequate time to make provision & to be able to avoid poverty in older age. 
2. To mount an effective campaign to notify those women affected by this change. 
3. To highlight the specific impact on women, their families and spouses. This unfair policy will further exacerbate  and compound women’s poverty especially where they are trapped in low paid, part time hours and insecure work. 
The local Labour Party has passed a motion to this end & Cllr Constantine will be calling upon Thanet District Council to mount a campaign to alert local women. 
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