Voluntary Sector: Taking Action ... Age UK vs the Pensions Bill

Protesters: Age UK
Target: UK MPs
Location: Houses of Parliament
Date: 18 May

The lowdown

About 150 women took part in a protest organised by charity Age UK, with 'Don't move the pensions goal posts again' banners. They protested at Parliament against plans to increase the state pension age more quickly. Rachel Reeves, shadow minister for pensions, and Barbara Bates, 57, a shop worker from Durham, planned to hand in a 10,000-signature petition to Downing Street.

- Why the protests?

The protest coincided with the second reading of the Pensions Bill, which included a revised timetable for changes to the state pension age. The bill will bring forward from 2020 to 2018 the raising of women's state pension age to 65, followed by a further increase to 66 for both men and women by 2020 - six years earlier than planned by the previous government.

- How did the MPs respond?

Pensions minister Steve Webb said: 'It's only right that we reflect on the effect that a rise in the state pension age will have and this is why we are consulting on a more automatic mechanism for future increases. Our Green Paper on pension reform also explores options that will make the system fairer, especially for women.'

- How did the media cover it?

The Guardian, Telegraph, Independent, Daily Mail and Daily Express all covered the protest as part of in-depth pieces.

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