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Labour Party Motions at 20th July AVDC Meeting


Our Labour Councillors will be moving 2 motions to AVDC on 20th July covering Racism and WASPI Pension Injustice.

“The Council calls upon the Government to make fair transitional state pension arrangements for all women born on or after 6th April 1951, who have unfairly borne the burden of the increase to the State Pension Age (SPA) with lack of appropriate notification

 To reconsider transitional arrangements for women born on or after 6th April 1951, so that women do not live in hardship due to pension changes they were not told about until it was too late to make alternative arrangements.” Aylesbury Vale District Council will write to both David Liddington MP and The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to express their support for this issue to be re-considered. 

Hundreds of thousands of women had significant pension changes imposed on them by the Pensions Acts of 1995 and 2011 with little/no/personal notification of the changes. Some women had only two years notice of a six-year increase to their state pension age.

 Many women born in the 1950's are living in hardship. Retirement plans have been shattered with devastating consequences. Many of these women are already out of the labour market, caring for elderly relatives, providing childcare for grandchildren, or suffer discrimination in the workplace so struggle to find employment. Women born in this decade are suffering financially. These women have worked hard, raised families and paid their tax and national insurance with the expectation that they would be financially secure when reaching 60. It is not the pension age itself that is in dispute - it is widely accepted that women and men should retire at the same time. The issue is that the rise in the women's state pension age has been too rapid and has happened without sufficient notice being given to the women affected, leaving women with no time to make alternative arrangements.

Proposed: Councillor Mark Bateman

Seconded: Councillor Robin Stutchbury


Motion for AVDC: 

We are proud to live in a diverse and tolerant society.

Racism, xenophobia and hate crimes have no place in our country.  Aylesbury Vale District Council condemns racism, xenophobia and hate crimes unequivocally. We will not allow hate to become acceptable in the community that we serve.

Aylesbury Vale District Council confirms that it will work with local bodies and programmes to fight and prevent racism and xenophobia.

The issue of Racism, Xenophobia and Hate crimes will be included in the Council’s Community Safety Plan as a priority, actioned and monitored alongside other issues raised within this Plan.

We reassure all people living in Aylesbury Vale that they are valued members of our community.
(This motion be communicated to Aylesbury Vale residents through the AVDC website, it's social media accounts; Mix 96; Bucks Herald and the Aylesbury Vale Times)

Proposed: Councillor Mark Bateman

Seconded: Councillor Mike Smith


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