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Chester pair instrumental in WASPI campaign anthem

Tina Scriven and Charlotte Jones have played a key role in creating the protest song

A protest song has been released as part of a campaign against changes to the state pension age – and two Chester women are at the helm of it.

Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) was set up to fight the pension age rise.

Tina Scriven – who founded Hoole Community Choir – came up with the idea of setting up a choir to raise awareness of the changes among women born in the 1950s who do not use social media.

The WASPI Anthem – the music and arrangement of which was written by local musical director Charlotte Jones – is the campaign’s rallying call and was recorded in Birmingham last month.

Action group

Tina explained: “WASPI is an action group, not a chit-chat group, campaigning against the unfair changes to the state pension age, imposed upon women born on or after April 6, 1951 and how the changes were implemented.

“This includes both the 1995 and 2011 acts.

“The choir are ordinary women, affected by the changes.”

Choir members travelled from as far as Torquay and the Scottish borders for the recording.

For more information about WASPI, visit the WASPI – Women Against State Pension Inequality Campaign page on Facebook HERE.



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