APPG for Frozen British Pensions launches inquiry
June 30, 2020 Frozen British Pensions 6 Comments
On 30 June 2020, Sir Roger Gale MP, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Frozen British Pensions announced the launch of the APPG’s inquiry into the impact of the UK Government’s approach to UK State Pensions paid to UK pensioners who live abroad.
The focus of the inquiry will be on the policy of not uprating UK State Pensions in situations where the pensioner lives in a country that does not have a reciprocal uprating agreement with the UK. These are often referred to as ‘frozen pensions’, as the value of the UK State Pension paid to pensioners living in a country that does not have a reciprocal agreement with the UK is ‘frozen’ and receives no subsequent increases. The policy is believed to affect over half a million UK State Pensioners. Many of the countries in which UK expat pensioners have their pension frozen are Commonwealth countries which, by definition, have close and long standing societal, cultural and civic bonds with the UK.
The APPG hopes to collect a wide range of evidence from interested parties including, individuals affected by the ‘frozen’ pension policy, civil society groups, the Department for Work and Pensions and administrations that have residents with ‘frozen’ British pensions.
To read the full letter announcing the inquiry and outlining the questions for written submissions click here. Any responses to the inquiry can be sent via email to the Secretariat of the APPG at firstname.lastname@example.org