the unfreezing of pensions of those living in former Commonwealth countries is not a question of law.  It is a question of political will.  Yes, it was an 11 to 6 decision in the ECHR.  That does not mean the matter should now be swept away.  It is so obviously inequitable to allow uprating in Alderney, Austria,Barbados, Belgium, Bermuda, Bosnia-Hertzegovinia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Gibralter, Greece, Guernsey, Hungary, Iceland,Ireland,Isle of Man, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Jersey, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Mauritius, Netherlands, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia & Montenegro, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, UK, USA.  The list is long isn't it?  Do you see a single former Commonwealth country there?  No you do not, it is simply not fair.  If this Government said there would be no uprating for anyone,  unless,  you lived physically on the Island of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, then there could be no complaints.  The fact is we all paid our dues in the UK, and where we choose  to live in retirement should not be a factor in deciding who gets uprated and who does not.  My idea is simple. Uprate pensioners OAP wherever they have retired to.  No one is asking to be paid the full UK pension, unless they paid sufficient contributions to earn the full pension, if someone only paid in for 10 years, then they get the uprating based on that 10 years.  The proportioning of pensions cannot be that difficult.  The savings to the UK Governement in many benefits that would be paid to expat pensioners had they stayed in or returned to the UK is obvious.

Why is this idea important?

It is important to remove this horrendous injustice at the earliest possible opportunity.  Many expat pensioners are receiving extremely low pension payments from the UK, and have been doing so for years.  Whilst those living in the Countries listed above enjoy all the same uprating as if they still lived in the UK.  That cannot be right, that cannot be equitable, that cannot be fair.  Gordon Brown made the same ridiculous comment time after time, that "the uprating of pensions is to protect the living standards of those pensioners living in the UK"  Well perhaps he never saw the list of countries above, none of which are anywhere near the UK.  You have it in you to redress this gross injustice.  At the next signing of the uprating of pensions all you need to do is include the current frozen countries.  It is the right thing to do.

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