Date set for 1950s women state pension judicial review

Written by Jack Gray

The High Court has set the date of its judicial review for the alleged mishandling of raising the state pension age for women born in the 1950s as 24 May 2019.

The hearing will be into whether 3.9 million women born in the 1950s were not appropriately communicated with regarding changes to the state pension age that will result in later retirement.

The ‘BackTo60’ movement, which has been campaigning on behalf of the women affected, were represented by barrister Michael Mansfield in being granted permission for a judicial review on 30 November 2018.

The date of 24 May is later than expected as the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) have been allowed more time to prepare its case that the decision to raise the state pension age from 60 to 66, and the way it was communicated, was a fair one.

BackTo60 spokeswoman, Joanne Welch commented: “BackTo60 had a resounding victory on 30th November 2018 and our amazing world class legal team pressed home our advantage for a 2-day substantive hearing.

“The substantial significance of our argument has been recognised by the authorities and the case has been elevated to a higher level for determination – this has necessarily involved an alteration of hearing dates.

“There will now be a much more thorough and robust review as the case will take on an historic perspective and achieve national significance: it will be heard, May 2019, at the Divisional Court.”

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