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Norfolk pension protest group step up action

North West Norfolk MP Sir Henry Bellingham has expressed his sympathy for a pension group who are set to stage a big rally this weekend.

Norfolk Broads PAIN (Pension Action in Norfolk) Pension Group has many West Norfolk members who are fighting against an unexpected six year increase in State Pension Age.

The group is comprised of Norfolk women born in the 1950s who are frustrated the age increase was introduced with little personal notice.

Norfolk Broads PAIN protesters
Norfolk Broads PAIN protesters

Sir Henry said his wife is in the same position as the pension group who are holding a peaceful rally and talk in Norwich city centre tomorrow from 10.30am to 1.30pm.

“I am very sympathetic to the cause particularly changes being made retrospectively,” Sir Henry said.

“If a change is made with due warning and people know where they stand, that makes a difference to retrospective action.

“Under the previous Prime Minister, I was part of the WASPI [Women Against State Pension Inequality] group and attended a big demonstration in London.

“The new prime minister said it is something he will have a look at but obviously other pressing matters are his priority at the moment.”

Norfolk Broads Pain claim some of the group have lost up to £45,000 in state pension and face financial difficulties as a result.

There are over 290 members throughout Norfolk with new members welcome to join through the group’s Facebook page or by emailing norfolkbroadspensions@gmail.com.

Trisha Gess, of North Wootton, said: “We are a friendly Norfolk group who can keep people up to date with events surrounding your pension and provide support and advice through the sharing of information through facebook, e-mail or our meet-ups.”

Lynn Nicholls, a leader of the group, said: “I have been campaigning for three years now and we have quite a big crowd in West Norfolk.

“We feel the Government has deliberately used the money for other things.

“Henry Bellingham is quite supportive and listened to all our stories when we saw him. He is one of the more supportive of the nine MPs across Norfolk, along with Clive Lewis, who will be attending the rally this weekend.”

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