The 20 April House of Commons debate raised many of the points Sir Roger Gale and his All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) have so ably made in the past and the unfreezing of the relevant pensions was supported by various MPs from all parties. Many examples of individual hardship were mentioned together with the apparent… Continue reading Expatriate British Pensions Update May 2017
There have been no startling developments on this subject since my last post but just to update interested parties on certain matters: In Parliament The All Party Parliamentary Group meets again in a few days time (but it can take some time to see any minutes) with the Agenda being: 1. Frozen Pension Campaign update… Continue reading Expatriate British Pensions Update
The minutes of the 15 November All Party Parliamentary Group on Frozen British Pensions (APPG) have now been made available. Some salient points: John Markham, Chair of the International Consortium of British Pensioners (ICBP) was the guest speaker and referred to research commissioned by the Canadian Alliance of British Pensioners regarding the partial uprating option,… Continue reading Frozen British Pensions
In an earlier post I mentioned that as a result of some correspondence over a period of time I had been advised by the UK Pension Service that “due to the ongoing postal difficulties in South Africa, we cancelled the Life Certificate Exercise to South Africa in November 2015, therefore payments should have continued as… Continue reading UK Expatriate Pensions / Franchise
The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Frozen British Pensions’ AGM was held on 14 September 2016. (All APPGs are required to hold an AGM.) Some of the points arising from the meeting: A research report appeared necessary to put forward the unfreezing case but this was not easy without access to government data. The International… Continue reading UK Frozen Expatriate Pensions
First published 25 April 2016 I was given Belinda Bell’s name to write to in Newcastle to explain the difficulties South African residents experienced when being contacted for certificates of existence to be returned within a certain time to avoid their pensions being stopped, in view of postal delays, and their apparent reluctance to use… Continue reading UK State Pension for Expatriates.