A Brief Outline of Pensions Discrimination.
What discrimination is, and how it affects you.
430,000 British expatriate state pensioners living mainly with their families in a Commonwealth country, have never received any uprating to their pensions since they first qualified.
330,000 British expatriate state pensioners, living in the EU (where regulations force Britain to treat all residents alike), in the USA, Israel, Bosnia-Herzegovina etc, (some 50countries in all), receive the same annual uprating as pensioners still residing in the United Kingdom. The Government has never produced a logical explanation for this inconsistency.
All UK state pensioners were required to contribute on an equal basis during their working life. By discriminating against half its expatriate pensioners, Britain alone among OECD countries ignores the principle 'the same contributions give entitlement to the same benefits'.
was the principle underlying the
Beveridge Report, on
which the National Insurance Scheme was based.
An 84 year old woman who retired on a single full pension and went to live with her family in a frozen country, had by 1998 been deprived of more than £37,000 of her pension entitlement, a loss which significantly reduced her living standards.
By way of excuse, the Government asserts the priority of aiding poorer pensioners at home, but note that:
|Pensions discrimination is a shameful betrayal of British standards of fair play. Its repeal would restore integrity to Britain and dignity to frozen pensioners.|
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