remove the freezing of certain expat pensions

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?

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.

Ensure all ex-pats receive their full indexed pension

Brits who have paid the mandatory NI pension contributions are being cheated if they move to certain countries…specifically some Commonwealth countries. Their pensions are FROZEN at the amount they first receive. This is outright robbery. These people have paid the exact same amount as all other Brits and yet are being robbed of what is rightfully theirs. For instance, those who emigrate to Canada or Australia have their pensions frozen. While those who move to the USA do not. This is outrageous and goes against all Human Rights.

It's time the new Government did the RIGHT and MORAL thing and righted this wrong.

Why is this idea important?

Brits who have paid the mandatory NI pension contributions are being cheated if they move to certain countries…specifically some Commonwealth countries. Their pensions are FROZEN at the amount they first receive. This is outright robbery. These people have paid the exact same amount as all other Brits and yet are being robbed of what is rightfully theirs. For instance, those who emigrate to Canada or Australia have their pensions frozen. While those who move to the USA do not. This is outrageous and goes against all Human Rights.

It's time the new Government did the RIGHT and MORAL thing and righted this wrong.

Unfreeze expatriate`s Pensions

I was born in London and enlisted in the City of London Yeomanry in 1938, was mobilised in August 1939 and demobilised April 1946 with the rank opf Major. We came to Canada because I could not get ahead working for Prudential Assce Co, we were waiting for the people with positions to retire. I began  receiving a percentage of the old age pension in 1984 and instead of going up, it has gone down because of the rate of exchange. We came to Canada because it was a part of the Commomwealth only to find that had we moved to the United States our Pensions would not have been frozen.It would appear that our desire to remain a subject of the British Crown not only carries a price but is also a clear case of discrimination. I am now 91 years of age so if it is to be rectified please do so swiftly.  Peter Hobbs

Why is this idea important?

I was born in London and enlisted in the City of London Yeomanry in 1938, was mobilised in August 1939 and demobilised April 1946 with the rank opf Major. We came to Canada because I could not get ahead working for Prudential Assce Co, we were waiting for the people with positions to retire. I began  receiving a percentage of the old age pension in 1984 and instead of going up, it has gone down because of the rate of exchange. We came to Canada because it was a part of the Commomwealth only to find that had we moved to the United States our Pensions would not have been frozen.It would appear that our desire to remain a subject of the British Crown not only carries a price but is also a clear case of discrimination. I am now 91 years of age so if it is to be rectified please do so swiftly.  Peter Hobbs

Eliminate freezing of pensions

Currently UK old age pensions are frozen for British citizens who reside in certain countries overseas, for example, Canada, Australia, South Africa, but not if they reside in the USA or EC. This is not a comprehensive list but it serves to illustrate the clear disparity in the way in which the Britain Government has chosen to treat large numbers of its citizens who are fully entitled to receive a UK pension but may choose to live overseas and receive their pension where they live.

To illustrate, once you retire and receive your UK pension, you will receive the annually awarded increase if you reside in the UK, anywhere in the EC, the USA and many other countries around the world. However, if you choose to go and live in Canada, Australia and certain other Commonwealth countries in order to be near family, your pension will be frozen at the amount first granted if you live overseas or at the figure when you left the UK.

There can be no legitimate reason why this standard entitlement is refused to people simply based upon the place where they live. It is palpably unfair and urgently needs to be rescinded.

 

Why is this idea important?

Currently UK old age pensions are frozen for British citizens who reside in certain countries overseas, for example, Canada, Australia, South Africa, but not if they reside in the USA or EC. This is not a comprehensive list but it serves to illustrate the clear disparity in the way in which the Britain Government has chosen to treat large numbers of its citizens who are fully entitled to receive a UK pension but may choose to live overseas and receive their pension where they live.

To illustrate, once you retire and receive your UK pension, you will receive the annually awarded increase if you reside in the UK, anywhere in the EC, the USA and many other countries around the world. However, if you choose to go and live in Canada, Australia and certain other Commonwealth countries in order to be near family, your pension will be frozen at the amount first granted if you live overseas or at the figure when you left the UK.

There can be no legitimate reason why this standard entitlement is refused to people simply based upon the place where they live. It is palpably unfair and urgently needs to be rescinded.

 

Pinjat Jasa Malaysia

Restrictions on civilians wearing foreign medals that have been accepted.
As long as the foreign medal has been accepted by Her Majesty the Queen no one should have the authority to ban a civilian from wearing that medal.
The Pingat Jasa Malaysia Medal was accepted by the Queen but we are banned from wearing it.

Why is this idea important?

Restrictions on civilians wearing foreign medals that have been accepted.
As long as the foreign medal has been accepted by Her Majesty the Queen no one should have the authority to ban a civilian from wearing that medal.
The Pingat Jasa Malaysia Medal was accepted by the Queen but we are banned from wearing it.

Frozen Pensions in Australia, Canada and South Africa

Restore the indexing of pensions to people who migrated to the above countries.We are not asking for 'hand-outs', only for our 'rights' and contributed (paid our stamps) through our working lifes. Why are pensions index-linked in all other countries, except the above three?

Why is this idea important?

Restore the indexing of pensions to people who migrated to the above countries.We are not asking for 'hand-outs', only for our 'rights' and contributed (paid our stamps) through our working lifes. Why are pensions index-linked in all other countries, except the above three?

repeal the right to vote in UK elections for non UK citizens

Curretly, commenwealth citizens can vote in UK elections, despite not being british citizens.

Here in Singapore,many citizens actually voted in the last UK election, whilst I am unable to vote in the upcoming Singapore election.

I pay tax,live here and get no vote.

Yet commenwealth citizens can be in the same position in the UK ,and vote.

A vote should be for citizens of that country,and not visitors,permanant residents or foreign students-all of whom can currently vote in a UK election if resident here.

Why is this idea important?

Curretly, commenwealth citizens can vote in UK elections, despite not being british citizens.

Here in Singapore,many citizens actually voted in the last UK election, whilst I am unable to vote in the upcoming Singapore election.

I pay tax,live here and get no vote.

Yet commenwealth citizens can be in the same position in the UK ,and vote.

A vote should be for citizens of that country,and not visitors,permanant residents or foreign students-all of whom can currently vote in a UK election if resident here.

Let’s join Norway, Switzerland and Russia outside the EU

Repeal the 1972 European Communities Act so we can leave the EU. It's always mentioned that Norway and Switzerland are both extremely prosperous European nations outside the European Union but no one ever mentions Russia as a successful non EU nation. The Russians and their Red Army did a fantastic job – as did Britain and America – in overcoming German led European Unionism in World War 2. We might once again need help from the Americans and Russians to break the stranglehold that the German dominated EU now has on our country unless we leave the EU now.

Why is this idea important?

Repeal the 1972 European Communities Act so we can leave the EU. It's always mentioned that Norway and Switzerland are both extremely prosperous European nations outside the European Union but no one ever mentions Russia as a successful non EU nation. The Russians and their Red Army did a fantastic job – as did Britain and America – in overcoming German led European Unionism in World War 2. We might once again need help from the Americans and Russians to break the stranglehold that the German dominated EU now has on our country unless we leave the EU now.