Women campaign Group Backto60 has asked human rights researchers in America to see if anything can be done
American human rights campaigners may soon be looking into why WASPI women in Gloucestershire have to pay for a new bus service to Bristol while their friends get it for free.
Anyone over 60 living in Wales will be able to catch the new T7 service between Chepstow and Bristol for free because that is the age when they get their concessionary bus pass.
They believe the Welsh Government has got it right.
Some English WASPI women who have to work longer than they expected before collecting their state pension say increasing the bus passage was another blow that made their crippling financial situation worse.
Now 1950s women campaign Group Backto60 says it has asked human rights researchers in America to see if anything can be done.
Backto60 leader Joanne Welch revealed the move in a video explaining to supporters the group’s Supreme Court appeal over equalisation over the pension age between men and women. She said they wanted to hear stories from 1950s women about how bus passes and privatised transport had affected them.
50s women was one of the groups with the least resilience going into this pandemic and it’s time to look into impact, she said asking women to send in their stories. One of those areas is bus passes and transport and why in London and Manchester, Scotland and Wales women get their bus passes at 60 when the rest of the country they don’t. If that is not discrimination I don’t know what is.
Hilary Simpson, of Women Against State Pension Injustice, says it’s an issue that impacts on both older men and women.