Sep 12, 2013

Your Maj, time to give your UK subjects their rightful retirement

British retirees living in Australia get half the pension of their countrymen and women. The long-running fight to overturn the freeze has now called on the Queen for help, reports freelance writer Ava Hubble.

Queen Elizabeth

British expats in Australia have long campaigned to overturn rules freezing their pension payments. Now they’ve enlisted the royal family for help.

The International Consortium of British Pensioners recently called for Britain to be suspended from the Commonwealth until the UK revokes its long-standing frozen pensions policy.  The consortium, which is made up of expat pensioner lobby groups in Australia and Canada, has now taken the extraordinary step of asking the head of the Commonwealth to support the call.  Similar letters have been dispatched to Prince Charles and the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth.

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3 thoughts on “Your Maj, time to give your UK subjects their rightful retirement

  1. Gavin Moodie

    Please discard the sexist expression ‘Derrick Prance . . .
    helped to man anti-aircraft guns . . .’.

    Do British pensioners get the full pension if they return to the UK to live?

  2. Dain Elvin

    Gavin, we have returned to the UK after twenty years in Australia (the last 13 years with a frozen pension) and my pension has jumped up to parity with other state pensioners in the UK and Europe. Pensioners abroad miss out on a variety of additional helpful things like bus passes, free healthcare, easy voting, etc. By living in “frozen countries” pensioners save the UK government a great deal of extra expense.

  3. Gavin Moodie

    Thanx Dain. Most interesting. I trust you are enjoying your return to Britain.

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