Article published : Tuesday, September 15th, 2020 7:21 am
Women lose court of appeal challenge against UK pension change Judges rule that raising state pension age did not amount to unlawful discrimination Increasing the age at which women born in the UK in the 1950s are entitled to receive their state pension to 66 is lawful, the court of appeal has ruled.The unanimous judgment is a major setback for campaigners who have argued that the government's changes will be a "disaster" for those on lower incomes.Having lost in the high court, the two claimants, Julie Delve, 62, and Karen Glynn, 63, had appealed to the higher court.In their decision on Tuesday, however, the Master of the Rolls, Sir Terence Etherton, Lord Justice Underhill and Lady Justice Rose said that adopting the same state pension age for men and women did not amount to unlawful discrimination under either EU law or the European convention on human rights. "There is no basis for impugning the [high court's] conclusion that the legislation equalising and then raising the state pension age was justified," the judges said. "The [high court was] right to approach the issue on the basis that this legislation operates in a field of macro-economic policy where the decision-making power of parliament is very great."State pensions were introduced in 1909 with the same eligibility age for everyone. In 1940, the age of entitlement was reduced only for women, from 65 to 60. Continue reading...
Author : Owen Bowcott Legal affairs corespondent