The forgotten Pensioners
by George Morley
(Newcastle, Ontario Canada)
As is the norm for politicians especially Steve Webb and Iain Duncan Smith it seems. The frozen pensioners are left feeling even colder now. All does not include them it seems.
Never a mention or a twinge of conscience. What is wrong with the minds of these men who know this blatant robbery should be put away for good.
Doing nothing about it is not an option! Totally unjust treatment and they know it and have never been able to justify it. A broken contract which is criminal after these pensioners did nothing wrong but the Government saw fit to deny them. which goes against all agreements that have been signed with the Commonwealth countries, the UN, the OEDC and heaven knows who else and there is no logical reason to continue this policy of discrimination and promoting poverty by it's shameful use.
Certainly not financial because if the country can send aid to countries who really do not need it then that speaks for itself. To abandon over 500,000 British citizens is a crime when it is in the Government's remit to protect their citizens and how embarrassing for the Queen to know that her Government can be so callous and leave them to a certain life of poverty without any help.
I can assure these gentlemen that she knows full well that this situation exists as many have told her myself included. What a legacy for her Jubilee year when you could have ended this now.
The Government do not seem to realise that we are all effectively ambassadors for the UK and having served in the armed forces myself for 26 yrs in many countries in Europe the Near East and the Far East, I can tell you that I am totally disgusted by this situation which was not realised by me before I retired.
The countries that I am in touch with through my many ex-service friends cannot believe that any Government could even think of such a cruel and divisive policy, and certainly in Canada they are in disbelief.
I am ashamed and so should all of those members of parliament who turn a blind eye and are not prepared to do anything about it.
Pensioners are still out in the cold
4% of UK Pensioners world wide have again been ignored...these are citizens who have contributed and will contribute to the NI Scheme when working under the same terms and conditions as everyone else, but once retired are not allowed to withdraw from the NI Fund on the same terms and conditions as everyone else.
Simply because of the country in which, for various and valid reasons, they are living their retirement years.
If you retire and live in the UK, the EEA or one of a select random group like Serbia, the Philippines, Macedonia and even the USA the State Retirement Pension is Index linked; up rated annually.
However, if you live in Canada, Australia Thailand or a number of other countries your pension is frozen at the rate at which it first becomes payable in the host country - no increases - ever.
This is why a centenarian who retired in the UK on a full pension of £6.20 per week and went to live with her only daughter in Australia still gets her pension of....£6.20 per week...and not the £107.45 she should be receiving.
There is no legal, moral, financial or administrative justification for what is blatant and unwarranted discrimination.
Webb stated when he introduced the GREEN Paper some eighteen months ago that one of his four basic guiding principles was "FAIRNESS"....where is the fairness here, minister?
Has it gone the same way as your promise and Early Day Motion to end this iniquity? Should instead of reading "Fairness" should it be "Continued discrimination"?