APPG holds meeting to launch new report

November 22, 2023 Frozen British Pensions 8 Comments

On the 22nd of November 2023, the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Frozen British Pensions met to mark the launch of a new report, UK-Canada: An Unequal Partnership, produced by the Canadian Alliance of British Pensioners (CABP).

The meeting was chaired by Sir Peter Bottomley MP and was attended by the Honourable Ralph Goodale, High Commissioner for Canada in the United Kingdom, Baroness Bennett, Lord Wasserman, as well as Sheila Telford, Ian Andexser, Edwina Melville-Gray, and Rob Morris of the Canadian Alliance of British Pensioners.

The meeting marked the formal launch of the report, which highlights the stark differences in engagement with the issue of frozen pensions between the two countries. Whilst Canada has approached the UK five times since 2013, lastly in April this year, to enter formal negotiations to settle the issue, the United Kingdom has so far not engaged with these approaches. Following the presentation of the report, the meeting was focused on discussing ways in which parliamentarians and the APPG will continue highlighting the issue of frozen pensions given this context.

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  1. Phil Taylor
    November 29, 2023 - 5:27 pm

    Nice to see some encouraging action on this

  2. Maureen
    January 10, 2024 - 5:24 pm

    Be great if those of us on a frozen pension could march to 10 Downing Street and make some noise. Lots of people around the world do not even know about our frozen pensions.

  3. Keith Naylor
    January 12, 2024 - 9:13 pm

    Nice to see some people are prepared to support British Pensioners regarding the theft of their Pension increases by the British Government.
    I paid NI contributions for 46 years.
    I do not use National Heal Services.
    I am a British Subject (Pensioner) .Living in Canada, Common Wealth Country
    I am entitled to vote in local and national elections in the UK.
    I pay taxes in the UK.
    I do not receive Pension Increases in my.State Pension.
    This I believe is unfair and possibly illegal and definitely theft.

  4. Joseph Clotworthy
    January 21, 2024 - 8:19 pm

    Up until now (2024) I am still registered at a UK address for the following:
    On electoral register.
    Pay internet/TV/phone with BT.
    Have Natwest bank account.
    Have Barclaycard credit card account.
    Have UK driving license, renewed in 2018.
    I paid NI for 42 years, claimed unemployment for 1 week only.
    I gained a permanent residency visa in Brazil in 2016.
    I was never informed about the “frozen pension increases”.
    I am now having my pension decreased to the amount valid in 2013 and I am paying back the amounts that I was not “entitled to” since 2013.
    Does anyone read these comments?

  5. Robin Davidson
    February 25, 2024 - 10:26 pm

    Joseph – I read the comments and sympathize with you.
    I am frozen in Canada and not just because of the weather.

  6. Timothy Hill
    June 20, 2024 - 8:12 pm

    How can the government justify such a rule , we all paid NI , we all paid in to pensions , we are not a burden on the NHS or any other system , we still pay tax in the UK .
    Just pay the yearly rises to the so few people who have chosen to live abroad and not be a burden to their country or better still return my money that I have paid in in full for me to invest somewhere else is that to difficult understand . I live in Brazil

  7. Timothy Hill
    June 20, 2024 - 8:24 pm

    I can enter the country UK as an asylum seeker and get far more benefits and rights than someone who has obeyed the state rules only to be told sorry you don’t qualify at the end of your working life although you have paid all you had to for 48 years , because you live in the wrong place , perhaps we can form a group where 550,000 votes would go the party that would recognize this injustice . Stop being politically correct and just be correct .

  8. Timothy Hill
    July 3, 2024 - 10:30 pm

    From one of the forgotten few , with the advent of the Labour Party actually forming a new government is there any chance of being treated fairly , will we get a yearly rise in our pensions under a new regime or just be left in limbo again . Being treated like this has to be illegal given the fact we take nothing from the state yet we still contribute by way of still paying taxes on our pensions . I can’t speak for all but is the government afraid of having to pay back pay , for me I would just like to be treated equally , I think yearly increases would suffice , or is it a case as we all have been mis-sold a pension , we need equality not sympathy , we ask for nothing from the state just what we signed up for all those years ago .

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