Angie Brooks

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  1. Tina Bennet
    January 4, 2016 @ 4:55 pm

    Brilliant Angie. I agree the arguments of blame can go on and on -and exactly – if we knew, what did we think we were going to live on for the next six years? Seems we were all suffering in silence (well almost, my two children didn’t know how to comfort me). I have been wracking my brain as to how to survive without my pension – what do I sell? I’ve already down-sized, is the next step a one bedroom flat? I don’t know, but this six year stretch seems a climb to far. I do know though that WASPI have done an amazing job bringing us all together. Someone knows something, and the more I think about it the darker it gets. Everyone’s stress levels are up, WASPI leaders, Waspi women, people who did not expect to be in this place at this time of their lives, and are not accustomed to the way those that are accustomed to it, deal with things. But also those who are, now seem to be feeling the effects of entering a world of ordinary people that are fearful. It is perplexing, as you say. The Elephant has to addressed – I just wish we could address it together.

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    • pensionlife
      January 6, 2016 @ 9:39 am

      This will be a long and bitter battle. 100k+ signatures was just the start and there will be many more hurdles to jump before we get anywhere. But we have no choice other than to keep fighting. Angie

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  2. Lyn Leicestershire
    January 4, 2016 @ 5:12 pm

    I had 8 months notice of NO SPA I am facing 6 yrs of ESA poverty as to unwell to work I live alone and quite frankly feel life is not worth continuing.I have worked hard have over 8 yrs more NI contributions than I need but have to wait 6 yrs. I feel utterly betrayed

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    • pensionlife
      January 6, 2016 @ 9:41 am

      We all feel betrayed. Thats why this fight must be fought with determination and tenacity. And it will be! Angie

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    • Chris
      March 20, 2016 @ 7:39 pm

      I agree the same for me if there are any groups in Leicestershire I would love
      To join in any action,s protests ect?

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  3. Deb
    January 4, 2016 @ 7:01 pm

    Divorced a conman in 2008 who took half the equity in MY house which I bought as my “pension” – now conned again out of my State Pension. No income and forced to keep on working until I drop. Thanks DWP. Shame on you.

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    • pensionlife
      January 6, 2016 @ 9:40 am

      Sadly, Altmann and Duncan-Smith are way too arrogant to show any proper shame for a situation they did not entirely cause, but should have put right. Angie

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  4. Barbara
    January 4, 2016 @ 8:39 pm

    Great article.

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    • pensionlife
      January 6, 2016 @ 9:38 am

      Thanks, glad you liked it. Make sure you watch the HoC debate with Mhairi Black tomorrow morning 🙂 Angie

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  5. carol walker
    January 4, 2016 @ 8:41 pm

    Brilliant brilliant brilliant piece .thank you

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    • pensionlife
      January 6, 2016 @ 9:37 am

      Thank you Carol. I have to say I was profoundly inspired because it is such a profound injustice. Angie

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  6. Jan
    January 4, 2016 @ 10:20 pm

    What the Government has done has effectively sentenced me to struggle, and also my husband who now has to keep working until he is 72yrs until I can draw my pension. Robin hood is alive and well stealing from the poor hard working people of this country.

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    • pensionlife
      January 6, 2016 @ 9:36 am

      Sadly many people are condemned to poverty because of this debacle. Not a very caring government this one – especially for all those who have worked all their lives and deserve to be treated with more respect and consideration. Angie

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  7. Yvonne Howard
    January 4, 2016 @ 11:22 pm

    When Robert Maxwell ran off with his pensioners money the government set up the pension protection fund. As it’s our own government that has run off with our money who is going to help us?

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    • pensionlife
      January 6, 2016 @ 9:35 am

      Very good point. Lets see how Mhairi Black gets on and hope she will put Ros Altmann and Iain Duncan-Smith to shame. Angie

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  8. Edith Psyl
    January 5, 2016 @ 8:28 am

    Excellent article – I was born Sept 53 and only notification I received from DWP was Jan 2012 advising me that I would not receive my pension until March 2018. At that point I expected to receive pension when I reached 62 but later discovered there had been a previous increase to pension age to 63 and a half years. I contacted Ros Altman more than a year ago and while she sympathised she said at least I would qualify for new SP but on requesting a forecast was advised my pension would be £120 rather than the £148 as I had a works pension and had been contracted out! This was news to me as did not know at that time what contracted out meant. I am a WASPI supporter and hope that we are successful in our bid for justice for ALL those affected by the 2011 acceleration to pension age.

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    • pensionlife
      January 6, 2016 @ 9:34 am

      Don’t forget to watch the debate with Mhairi Black tomorrow in the House of Commons. I never got any notification from DWP at all – born Nov 1954. But then many people got nothing at all. Angie

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  9. Mariana Robinson
    January 10, 2016 @ 5:38 pm

    Good article. I’m in the same boat as many others. Started work at 17, looked after my disabled son day and night for 21 years and carried on working. Still working but suffering ill health and took a 10 year fixed mortgage out to provide my son with a home and me with business premises in 2006. At that time I was told I would retire at 62. I would sell the business, pay off the debt and get my SP. 2011 Act changed all that and in such an unfair way compared to the pension dates of my peers. There’s no logic. No information was sent and now I don’t know what I can do. At 62 I just can’t get another mortgage or extend this one because I’m told I’m too old and don’t earn enough, even though I’ve never missed a payment. So, at the end of my working life, having saved the country thousands in caring for my son, I don’t know where I can find the money and by the end of this year I could be homeless. Yes, I have the business asset, but if I sell that, I have no work for the next four years. It’s monstrously unfair and unjust. I’m very depressed and my health is suffering with the worry.

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  10. Charlie Wyatt
    November 23, 2016 @ 3:07 pm

    And what about all the men who have to wait till 66? Who is speaking up for us? With a bridging pension ending on my 65th Birthday, how does one fill the gap? Duncan-Smith was supposed to be about getting people off benefits not putting them on benefits and Altman has changed her tune since receiving the boot!
    This is a disgrace, moving the goal posts when already retired simply won’t do! Well done Peter Bone, please follow through…

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