Fact: The Equality Bill was
heralded by trumpeting about how fantastic it was at last to have eliminated
discrimination against minority groups.
Fact: The Equality Bill did not eliminate discrimination in particular
to National Insurance contributors who believed that only contribution years
Example: A couple who worked for a subsidiary of a U.S. company were
offered a job in the U.S. Headquarters, and after considering that they
would no longer be entitled to the NHS and when they retired pension credit
and Winter Fuel Allowance, were heartened by the fact that their state
pension would be uprated each year in the U.S. as it would be in the U.K.
They were both retrenched but luckily found new jobs in Canada, or so they
They had paid all the necessary contributions to the UK National Insurance
Scheme while they worked there to look forward to a state pension. The DWP
sent them a letter stating that they would be entitled to a state pension
based on their years of contribution. Unfortunately they then discovered
that they would not receive annual upratings to the state pension because
they now lived in Canada rather than the USA. If they had continued to live
in the USA they would have received annual increases in their state pension.
This complies with current UK legislation.
Solution: British MP's could change this ridiculous and unfair situation
and bring true equality by applying UK state pension uprating to all.