Christina McKelvie MSP to speak at Feisty Women Conference
Date To Remember - February 29 2020 - Leap Year Day!
As we trudge through the long dark days of January - there is something to look forward to: Feisty Women’s second annual conference, being held on Leap Year Day as part of the Dundee Women’s Festival.
Those of you who have been with us from the beginning know that we started off trying to find a remedy for the unfair changes to state pension age inflicted on 50’s born women. However, the research and evidence we uncovered led us to eventually realise that the pension fight and the hard work and years put in by the other campaign groups working in this arena is very unlikely to lead to a remedy - we are now coming up to 5 years since that campaign started - and in fact many of the women now have, or will have in the next 2-4 years their state pensions paid to them.
Different groups fought as hard as possible, with one group having been told that there was no maladministration, as they had claimed, nor would there be compensation for the claim another group had made that the government had failed to properly inform those affected.
The judge who heard the Judicial Review in the legal case against the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) said there was no onus on the government to advertise changes to primary legislation or to individually inform the 3.8 million women affected by the changes and confirmed there had been no maladministration.
So, sadly, no matter how unfair or morally wrong the changes may seem, this cohort of women have no right to a legal remedy, based on lack of notice.
The Feisty Fight Goes On
Feisty Women however, in the course of our research believe that there is a way to right this wrong. It will take determination, guts and staying power and it may not benefit the women who started the fight.
It will however we trust, help those who come along after us - our daughters, granddaughters, nieces, sisters, aunts - not to mention their husbands/partners.
We hope that the Equality and Human Rights Commission, whose job it is to regulate the and monitor the public sector equality duty (PSED) will agree with us that DWP’s failure to carry out its (PSED) is the area where we may find a remedy.
If so, we want them to take up the case, so that the burden of raising funds for expensive lawyers, does not fall back on the women who have already suffered financially.
We hope you would like to find out more - the conference is not just for women “d’un certain age!” its for all people who care about righting a wrong.
How to book for the conference.
Go to our eventbrite booking page to book your place - link below, or if you’d rather pay cash or cheque, please make cheques for £10 out to Feisty Women( or send us a tenner!) to our registered address, which is: Feisty Women c/o Community Regeneration Team, Arthurstone Library, Arthurstone Terrace, Dundee DD4 6RT.