IAN BLACKFORD:MP for Ross, Skye & Lochaber


SNP Westminster Leader Ian Blackford MP has asked Theresa May if she believes her government has delivered pensions fairness for women – who, like her- were born in the 1950s.

Speaking in the last Prime Minister’s Questions before the summer recess, Ian Blackford MP said it seems the Prime Minister can ‘shake the money tree’ when it suits her. 

The SNP has long campaigned for the UK government to step up and help WASPI women (Women Against State Pension Inequality) who have been affected by changes to the state pension age and are due to lose out financially. 

Commenting, Ian Blackford MP said:

“For the government to say they can’t afford to pay these women what they are owed is laughable. Theresa May can find a billion pounds to cling on to power, but can’t find the money to give women the pensions that they are due. 

“These women are guilty of nothing. They have had the misfortune of being female and being born in the 1950s and live under this UK government who refuses to do the right thing. 

“This is an issue of equality. The UK government must take responsibility and do the right thing for these women who are missing out on their pension.

“Can the Prime Minister end the injustice for these women who are missing out on their pension – before she, herself thinks about retiring?”