Women’s SPA campaign group rejects APPG vote on transitional arrangements

Written by Talya Misiri
14/05/18

An All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) vote on transitional arrangements is “wholly invalid”, Back to 60 campaign group has said.

Back to 60 has submitted a formal complaint to the parliamentary commissioner Kathryn Stone regarding a breach of voting rules by the APPG for state pension inequality for women.

The campaign group has explained that the APPG voting rules were breached, in a vote on transitional arrangements, due to the involvement of non-MPs, specifically peer group representatives.

Back to 60 posted on Twitter: “Non-MPs cannot vote in APPGs: the so called ‘almost unanimous’ vote is wholly invalid and must not feed into the Second Reading of the Bill as representative.”

“The consultation / findings are biased too,” the group added.

The parliamentary commissioner has confirmed that she has received the email but is unable to provide further details “while the inquiry is in progress”. Decisions, the rationale for them and all the evidence associated are to be published at the end of the inquiry.

The APPG is yet to respond to Pensions Age’s comment request.

Back to 60 stands with other campaign groups and Waspi to stand against inequality and unfair treatment of women born in the 1950s who have experienced changes to their state pension age.

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