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I want to see pension parity for all expat British pensioners, regardless of where they live.

I want to see pension parity for all expat British pensioners, regardless of where they live.
  
  

 


Why this is important

More than half-a-million expat British pensioners living in 120 countries around the world, including British Commonwealth nations, are denied parity in basic pension payments granted to pensioners living in every other part of the world. Their pensions are "frozen" at the same amount received on the first payment. As an example of this disparity an expat pensioner living in Canada will have his pension frozen. If he lived across the border in USA he would enjoy yearly incremental increases. If people presently living in the UK are planning to spend their pension years with family in foreign lands such as Australia, New Zealand or South Africa for example, they need to be made aware of the discriminatory actions that will be taken against them, and be advised to pressure their local MPs to protect the intended benefits of their future pensions. Discrimination against selective pensioners, who, like all other British taxpayers contributed to social security, is indefensible and should be challenged as vigorously as possible. Pensions Minister Steve Webb opposed this discrimination while he was in opposition to the Labour Party must be taken to task for his unacceptable turn-about now that he is empowered to do the honourable thing but is refusing to do so.

Posted April 12, 2012
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