Supreme Court dashes women’s hopes as it dismisses pension age appeal

Supreme Court dashes hopes of four million women as it dismisses appeal against changes to state pension age

The Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal against changes to the state pension age

Nearly four million women have had their hopes dashed after the Supreme Court dismissed an appeal against changes to the state pension age.

Those born in the 1950s lost out on up to £50,000 after the age they could claim a pension – currently £175.20 a week – was raised from 60 to 66 with the 2011 Pensions Act.

Julie Delve, 62, and Karen Glynn, 63, took the Department for Work and Pensions to the High Court, claiming the rise unlawfully discriminated against them on the grounds of age and sex and that they were not given adequate notice of the changes.

Judges dismissed their case in October 2019, but the pair, supported by the campaign group BackTo60, mounted a Court of Appeal challenge, which was rejected in September last year.

Campaigners then took their fight to the Supreme Court, which dismissed the appeal yesterday.