1950’s women state pension age judicial review date revised

The date for the judicial review into whether women born in the 1950s were sufficiently communicated with about changes to the state pension age, has been revised to 5 and 6 June.

The 2-day substantive hearing, initially scheduled for 24 May, follows the permission hearing on 30 November 2018, in which consent for a judicial review was granted.

The ‘BackTo60’ movement has been campaigning on behalf of the 3.8 million women affected by the proposed increase of the state pension age from 60 to 66 and the way it was communicated to those affected.

Barrister Michael Mansfield QC and law firm Birnberg Pierce represented the campaigners against the Department for Work and Pensions at the permission hearing.

However, it has been revealed that the campaigner's lead representative, Mariana Robinson, has had to withdraw from the case due to “not being supported for any costs incurred going forward”.

Commenting on the initial announcement earlier this month, BackTo60 spokeswoman, Joanne Welch said: “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.”

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