Alongside other Birmingham Labour MPs I have written to West Midlands Mayor, Andy Street, to call on the Mayor to use his devolved powers to expand free travel on buses and other public transport for the WASPI women who have been disproportionately affected by changes in the state pension age.

The Conservative – Lib Dem Coalition Government’s decision to accelerate the rise in the women’s state pension age has had a devastating impact on many women who were born in the 1950s.

Bringing forwarded the age at which women affected by the pension change can claim free travel won’t make up for the delay in receiving their pensions but it would be a step in the right direction to ameliorate some of the hardship experienced by an estimated 30,000 WASPI women in Birmingham.

You can find out more about our letter here



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Richard Burden

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I was Labour Member of Parliament for Birmingham Northfield between 1992 and 2019 and a former Shadow Transport Minister. I now chair Healthwatch in Birmingham and Solihull, and the West Midlands Board of Remembering Srebrenica. I also work as a public affairs consultant. I am an effective community advocate and stakeholder alliance builder with a passion for human rights. I am a trustee of the Balfour Project charity and of Citizens Advice Birmingham, and a former Chair of Medical Aid for Palestinians.

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