Judicial review confirmed for state pension equalisation activists

Written by Jack Gray
30/11/18

A judge has granted permission for a judicial review to be conducted to look into the alleged mishandling of raising the state pension age for women born in the 1950s.

The ‘Backto60’ movement has been campaigning for an investigation into alleged miscommunications about changes to the state pension age, which affects women born in the 1950s.

In a two-hour court hearing today, the movement was represented by barrister Michael Mansfield before the Royal Courts of Justice and the Department for Work and Pensions.

Freelance journalist and author, David Henke, tweeted: “Amber Rudd and her predecessors criticised by judge for not reviewing effect of pension changes on 50s women.

“[This is] Very bad news for Guy Opperman the inflexible pensions minister.”

Earlier in the day (10am), supporters of the ‘Backto60’ movement staged a walkout from their workplaces.

Henke also tweeted: “Judge orders all points of gender and age discrimination must be examined in judicial review.”

‘Backto60’ claims to have around 738,000 supporters and has been campaigning to return the state pension age to 60.

There has been no date set for the judicial review, as they have been granted permission but have not yet filed for the review at the Royal Courts of Justice.

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