Memoir ‘Outside In’ Published in Paperback

Peter’s memoir ‘Outside In’ is published in paperback by Biteback, Tuesday 28th August. It is available for purchase in Waterstone’s, Amazon and as an ebook.

After the successful publication of the hardback earlier this year, the paperback includes a new section on the next general election and Labour’s prospects.

“Reads more like a political thriller than a memoir.” Decca Aitkenhead, The Guardian

“Disarmingly understated … refreshingly honest … Peter Hain has lived life to the full, which is more than most of our politicians can say.” John Kampfner, The Observer

“In terms of decency and principle, he was one of the best.” Martin Ivens, Sunday Times

MP Urges Government to Act as Time Runs Out on Womens Pensions

Peter Hain MP has called on the Government to act fast to protect the 1,000 women in the Neath constituency hit by plans to accelerate the state pension age increase – before it is too late.

Despite thousands of people signing a petition, a mass lobby of Parliament, thousands of emails, and a series of questions to the Prime Minister, the Government have not delivered on their promise to produce plans for ‘transitional arrangements’ to ease the burden for those most affected.

Mr Hain said “This is yet another callous attack from the Tory Government targeting women, many of whom have juggled working lives with raising a family, and who have very little retirement saving to fall back on. The lack of warning of these changes means they do not have enough time to adjust carefully thought-out retirement plans.

“To be given hope of ‘transitional arrangement’ in June and to still have these decisions hanging in the air is making for a stressful and worrying summer. These women do not have the luxury of time to alter their arrangement they need to know what is ahead of them to in order to change their plans.”

The Government’s plans to accelerate the state pension age increases mean that 500,000 women will have to wait for more than a year longer before receiving the state pension, leaving many women aged 56 and 57 robbed of their pensions.

300,000 women born between 6 December 1953 and 5 October 1954, will have to wait an extra 18 months, and an unlucky 33,000 will have to wait an extra 2 years, before being entitled to their state pension.

The majority of these women will already be well underway in their plans for retirement, with many already working reduced hours in order to care for grandchildren or elderly parents. Yet they are now being forced to make significant changes to their financial plans, with just 5 years notice before the changes kick in.

The unlucky 33,000 born between 6 March 1954 and 5 April 1954 are set to lose around £10,000 in lost state pension, with less than 7 years to attempt to accommodate the change.

Local MP Meets Pension Lobbyists

Local MP Peter Hain met with campaigners from Age UK Cymru who were lobbying Parliament to highlight proposals in the Pension Bill that will result in unacceptable delays to Women’s pensions.

Following the meeting Mr Hain said “The goal posts keep being moved for these women many of whom have planned for a comfortable not lavish retirement but are now facing a massive upheaval without enough time to prepare as the Government tries to rush through yet another ill-considered reform. It’s causing these women worry and tension at a time when they should be looking forward to their retirement.”

Recently release figures showed that one thousand women in the Neath constituency would face a delay in accessing their state pension as the Government attempts to speed up the equalisation of state pension age.

A Thousand Neath Women To Be Hit By Changes To The State Pension

Hundreds of thousands of women across the UK born between 1953 and 1954 will be dramatically affected by changes to the state pension age which could see them have to wait an extra two years before they can receive it. Government plans to accelerate the equalisation of state pension age will affect a thousand women in the Neath constituency, figures from the House of Commons Library suggest.

Neath MP Peter Hain has called the proposals a “travesty” as women who have worked hard all their lives and planned for retirement in the next few years are forced to adapt their plans with insufficient time to prepare.

Mr Hain said, “These plans are unfair and target women who are coming to the end of their working lives. They have planned for retirement and now those plans are dramatically affected as they face a longer wait to access their state pension, leaving them feeling they have been robbed.”

Across the UK 300,000 women born between 6 December 1953 and 5 October 1954, will have to wait an extra 18 months, and an unlucky 33,000 born between 6 March 1954 and 5 April 1954 will have to wait an extra 2 years, before being entitled to their state pension.

Shameful attack on the blind

Blind and partially sighted people are set to lose £30 a week in what has been described as a ‘shameful attack’ by Peter Hain MP. Changes to the benefit system due to start in April will mean that blind and partially sighted people will no longer automatically be eligible for benefits and will miss out on support to find work.

As Secretary of State for the Department of Work and Pensions, Mr Hain ensured that blind and partially sighted people received the higher rate of disability living allowance for the first time.

Mr Hain said, “This is another attack on people with disabilities. The changes will make it much harder to qualify and ignores the difficulties blind people face as they search for work.”

Under the new system, which is expected to save the Government £1billion over the next five years, claimants will need to score fifteen points. The full fifteen points will be awarded if the blind person is unable to navigate around familiar surroundings without being accompanied by another person due to sensory impairment. RNIB have argued that someone with a guide dog will be able to navigate around familiar surrounding so will not be awarded the points.