Freedom to move without penalty

The British pensioner has a problem once he/she reaches pensionable age and has family living abroad.  If the family is in Europe or the USA and many other places arounf the world, then there is no problem.

Should the family live in Australia, Canada, New Zealand or South Africa and other places, then they will find that they have no annual inflation increase for their pension.  This is fine for one year and maybe two or three but after 10 or 20 or 30 yrs of no increase and inflation doubling or trebling prices, then the pensioner is virtually destitute.  This is the case for many pensioners now and it is only family that save the day by having to support their parents which obviously they do but should they have to ?

Why is this idea important?

The British pensioner has a problem once he/she reaches pensionable age and has family living abroad.  If the family is in Europe or the USA and many other places arounf the world, then there is no problem.

Should the family live in Australia, Canada, New Zealand or South Africa and other places, then they will find that they have no annual inflation increase for their pension.  This is fine for one year and maybe two or three but after 10 or 20 or 30 yrs of no increase and inflation doubling or trebling prices, then the pensioner is virtually destitute.  This is the case for many pensioners now and it is only family that save the day by having to support their parents which obviously they do but should they have to ?

Stop the freezing of old age pensions

Successive governments have frozen the pensions of those pensioners who choose to retire in some of the Commonwealth countries whereas pensioners living in the Europe, the USA and the Philippines for example benefit from the annual uprating. This is a discriminatory policy which is seriously affecting many pensioners who are now living in poverty having had no pension increase for 20 or 30 yrs or more. These people worked all of their lives paying their taxes and National Insurance  and are now being denied through a policy which has no logic. This also affects the freedom of future pensioners who have to decide whether to go to a frozen country to be with their family or stay in the UK to get the annual increases,        No consideration is given to the fact that these pensioners are not costing the NHS, do not get winter heating allowance or Christmas bonus or any other benefit which saves the government money but they say that they cannot afford to pay for it whilst getting very generous pensions themselves paid for by the taxpayer. Most of these are ex-servicemen, either full time or National service who spent time away from family and were there in times of conflict only to be abandoned when reaching retirement.  Disgraceful, unjust, seriously dishonest and not the way of the British who always play the game unless it affects pensioners it seems.

Why is this idea important?

Successive governments have frozen the pensions of those pensioners who choose to retire in some of the Commonwealth countries whereas pensioners living in the Europe, the USA and the Philippines for example benefit from the annual uprating. This is a discriminatory policy which is seriously affecting many pensioners who are now living in poverty having had no pension increase for 20 or 30 yrs or more. These people worked all of their lives paying their taxes and National Insurance  and are now being denied through a policy which has no logic. This also affects the freedom of future pensioners who have to decide whether to go to a frozen country to be with their family or stay in the UK to get the annual increases,        No consideration is given to the fact that these pensioners are not costing the NHS, do not get winter heating allowance or Christmas bonus or any other benefit which saves the government money but they say that they cannot afford to pay for it whilst getting very generous pensions themselves paid for by the taxpayer. Most of these are ex-servicemen, either full time or National service who spent time away from family and were there in times of conflict only to be abandoned when reaching retirement.  Disgraceful, unjust, seriously dishonest and not the way of the British who always play the game unless it affects pensioners it seems.