I WRITE on this auspicious day (November 6, 2018) when current and recent governments achieve equalisation of state pension age for men and women. This achievement takes no account of the detriment to 3.8 million female, UK citizens.

I began my teaching career in 1974 and worked full-time until 2012 when I retired early. In 2012, aged 58 years, I knew I would not receive my pension until I was 63 years following the 1995 legislation. I knew this through word of mouth, not through any official notification. After I retired in 2012 I then heard from friends that my state pension age was delayed by another two and a half years. My state pension age increased from 63 years to 65 and a half years following the 2011 legislation. This news was a bit of a shock. I received no letters advising me of this.I then had to seek employment to bridge this gap, of which I had been unaware, in my financial planning for retirement. I worked for a further five years on a part time basis, continuing to pay National Insurance contributions.

During my working life I returned to full-time work after six months' maternity leave. At the same time I cared for my mother who had dementia, my mother-in-law who had heart disease and my husband who was also ill. Most other women of my age have done the same. I am not special but to have my state pension delayed in this way is insulting and demeaning.

I have no quibble with equalising the pension ages of men and women. It is the timescale of this exercise that is wrong. To achieve equality, one cohort of women is being discriminated against. The circumstances of the those represented by Women Against State Pension Inequality (Waspi) really are a national disgrace and one which needs to be addressed by our government.

Sandra Gibson,

23 Balgonie Avenue, Paisley.