Gordon has spoken in a Commons debate on the state pensions of women born in the 1950s, saying the Government’s policy was unfairly affecting part-time workers and other vulnerable groups in the town.
Women born in the 1950s have had their state pension age now increased on two separate occasions - many of them were not told about the changes until it was too late. This left many of them only months away from their retirement age to discover they were then not entitled to the state pension.
Gordon, who took part in the debate, joined other MPs in calling on the Government to put in place transitional arrangements, including giving those affected pension credit rights to help this group of women.
During the debate, he made the point that vulnerable groups of people, such as women in low-paid work, women returning to work and carers are strongly represented and particularly affected by the Government’s changes in Blackpool.
He said: “There is a particular problem here for women in places such as Blackpool, who have only been able to work part time for a long period of time and nevertheless having to take on some of the carer and other issues.
”I have been contacted by a number of my constituents, who said they are being short changed retrospectively by the Government on this.”
Immediately after the vote that followed the debate, Gordon tweeted: “Just voted against Govt plans on pensions that hit 1950s women unfairly. Motion to reconsider passed 158 to 0. Govt too ashamed to oppose.”
He was supporting the WASPI (Women Against State Pension Inequality) campaign and has been supported by over a 100,000 people in a House of Commons E-Petition and was signed by over 400 people across Blackpool.
More information can be found about the WASPI campaign by clicking here .