State pension age change: 1950s woman forced to work on oil rig for two weeks ...

STATE PENSION age changes have harshly impacted 1950s women who have had to dive into their savings and look for work as one WASPI woman is forced to work on an oil rig.

PUBLISHED: 18:25, Tue, Mar 3, 2020 | UPDATED: 18:25, Tue, Mar 3, 2020

State pension age changes have meant 1950s women are waiting up to six years longer before being able to claim after it was increased to 65 to be the same as men. It will increase again to 65 by October 2020 and 66 by 2028. During this time 1950s women are encouraged to find work as WASPI’s communications director Debbie de Spon detailed one member is forced to work on an oil rig.

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Speaking to Express.co.uk, Ms de Spon said: “Women do find work but often it’s work that isn’t comparable to what they were doing before.

“They’ve had to take lesser jobs or they’ve had to take on more physical work than they would have done previously.

“There’s one woman who contacted us to say that the only job she could take was to work as a cleaner on the accommodation block of an oil rig offshore.

“And she would go offshore for two weeks at a time and leave her family and that was the only work she could find.

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“There are women who are trying to seek work and who are suffering from sanctions if they don’t comply to what the job centres are offering them to do.

“I had a call the other day, a woman of 62 who had been told by the job centra she must attend an IT course.

“She had never worked on a computer and to send someone of that age who doesn’t necessarily have any aptitude to computers on a course like that for a job that she will

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