State pension age change heartbreak as 50s women ‘excluded and abandoned’ during pandemic

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Women born in the 1950s have said they have felt “robbed, excluded and abandoned” during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a campaigner. Campaigners are fighting for justice for all women born in the 1950s affected by the changes to the state pension age. Joanne Welch, the Founder and Director of the BackTo60 group which represents some of those affected, spoke to about why there is a “huge concern”.

She said: “Many 50s women work in the gig economy and as frontliners: retail, hospitality, care, cleaners etc.

“Many of them are frontline workers, and the death rates in those occupations are far higher than other occupations.

“That’s been identified by the ONS and is a huge concern.

“Ireland, Scotland and Wales, the devolved assemblies, have all said ‘stay home’.”

Ms Welch continued: “They’re in disagreement with Westminster.

“Number 10 is saying ‘stay alert, go back to work’.

“Many 50s women are calling the pandemic out as a cull of 50s women.

“We feel robbed, excluded and abandoned in this situation.”

The campaigner added: “Some of these care managers were forced into taking people with COVID into care homes and then forced into silence.

“If that doesn’t trigger concern then I really don’t know what will.

“It’s heartbreaking actually. It must be psychological torture.”

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She also told “50s women do work in the care sector, but there are other people on the frontline and we care about everybody.

“We care for the whole of humanity in this global pandemic.

“I’m talking today about 50s women which is why I’m focused on those examples and that concern.”

According to the ONS, healthcare workers are exposed to the disease on a daily basis as they require close contact with others.

They note that there is a clear correlation between exposure to disease, and physical proximity to others across all occupations.

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