ISLE of Wight women fighting for their state pension will hold a rally in Newport this weekend.

Members of the Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) group will meet at St James' Square at 10am on Saturday (November 10).

More than 11,000 Isle of Wight women born in the 1950s have been affected by government changes to the state pension age.

They say raising the state pension age from 60 to 65, with little or no notice, has left women hugely disadvantaged.

"WASPI agrees with equalisation, but not with the unfair way the changes were implemented," said the group.

"Hundreds of thousands are suffering financial hardship, with not enough time to re-plan for our retirement.

"Some women have been forced to sell their homes, or evicted. Some are using food banks.

"With no other source of income — until the 1990s many women were not allowed to join company pension schemes, many of us are carers or in poor health — securing work is proving impossible and zero contract hours or Job Seekers’ Allowance is the only alternative for many.

"For women whose retirement age has been moved by up to six years, it equates to up to £50,000 — money they paid into the system expecting to receive a pension, but that was plundered by the government."

They have urged people to support Saturdays rally, which will run until 12pm.