A north-east activist group will be protesting in Aberdeen for the next 10 weeks.
The Aberdeen branch of the Waspi campaign 2018 has held a pair of pickets over the last two weeks at the base of the statue of King Edward VII on Union Terrace.
The campaign was set up on behalf of thousands of women born in the 1950s, who had their retirement plans thrown into turmoil after a rise in the retirement age of women.
Through the 12-week protest stint, the campaigners are hoping to raise awareness for their cause, as well as show support for a judicial review submitted by fellow pension activists Back to 60.
According to Waspi Aberdeen joint coordinator Lorraine Rae, 61, the judicial review is a “test case”, stating that women born in the 1950s did not get sufficient notice from the Government about the increase in the state pension age.
Lorraine said: “The group was set up because more and more women were finding out they weren’t going to get their state pension until later than they thought.
“It’s an action group which aims to work with MPs and other interested parties to put pressure on the Government to do something about it.
“We are looking for compensation for the money we have lost, which in some cases can be as much as £46,000.
“This is money that some women were expecting to get and in some cases were relying on.”
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Lorraine herself has been forced back into work due to her financial situation.
She said: “It really threw a spanner in the works of people’s retirement plans.
“I’ve gone back to work again and can’t give my mum as much support as I would like to.
“She’s 84 and could do with me being about a bit more.
“My savings were meant to be working alongside my pension to provide for me in my later years, but if you don’t have the savings, then you could be in trouble.”
The protests over previous weeks have gone well, with Lorraine saying that 12 new members were brought into the group in just the first week alone.
She said: “We’re looking to show support for Back to 60 and their judicial review, but it’s also about raising awareness of the cause and trying to attract more members to the group.
“We have around 200 members right now.”