Pension Fact Sheet 1
Issued on behalf of British Age Pensioner
Allianceassocthese Fact Sheets support the 20 year
story of the fight for
PARITY by 540,500 UK State Pensioners. Why should they be deprived of
annual indexation of their pensions because they live in certain countries
while another 565,000,living in other countries, are not ?
State Pension History
Fact: When pensions were first introduced, they were only payable in Great Britain, Northern Ireland and the
Isle of Man.
Fact: Subsequently; a provision was included in the Contributory
Pensions Act 1929 enabling pensions to be paid in His Majesty’s dominions
(broadly the countries which formed the Commonwealth).
Fact: In 1946 the pension was increased from 50p a week to £1.30 with
80p for the wives of pensioners.
However the increase was not paid to overseas pensioners.
Fact: That ruling has remained in force ever since, resulting in the
inequity of what we now call the Frozen Pension policy of the United
Fact: British Citizens who choose to retire to a Commonwealth country,
and some others, are still denied their full pension entitlement from the
date they leave Britain, or having done so, reach pensionable age; while
those who retire to the USA or Europe now receive full indexation
Fact: Ever since 1950 political parties in opposition have stated, time
and time again, that this policy is wrong, and that all pensioners should be
paid their full entitlement in accordance with their mandatory contributions
to the National Insurance Fund. However, on gaining power, those same
political parties have reneged on their assurances.
Fact: For over 20 years Frozen pensioners around the world, about
550,000 of them, have been fighting for Pension Parity through the Courts.
Fact: The cases in the British Courts all failed, the 2008 case before
the European Court of Human Rights also failed, though the President of the
Court disagreed with the Judgement.
Fact: The Appeal to the Grand Chamber of the ECHR, was heard on the 2nd
September 2009. The Judgement was revealed in March. We lost 11/6. But this
is not the end of the fight.