West Midlands women who lost out when their pension age was put back can now get free bus and tram travel.
So-called “WASPI” women (Women Against State Pension Inequality) who were born between 6 March 1954 and 5 November 1954 are now entitled to a Women’s Concessionary Travel Pass. It means thousands of women across the West Midlands can get the bus – or catch the Metro – free of charge after 0930, Mondays to Fridays, and all day at weekends.
The pass also means WASPIs can buy a standard ticket on National Express West Midlands buses for just £1 before 0930 – just as OAPs can. And they can also take a child with them for £1.
When the government made changes to the state pension age in 2011, it forced many women born in the 1950s to wait up to six extra years to get their state pension. Because the government did not give the standard 10 years’ notice of this change, it affected these women’s retirement plans.
Jess Phillips, the MP for Birmingham Yardley, has long supported the WASPI campaign. She said: “I am really pleased about this move. WASPI women have been badly let down, and this is an issue of fairness. I would urge all WASPI women to take advantage of this scheme. National Express work hard to make sure they are an integral part of our community and this initiative is a further example.”