APPG Members table Early Day Motion 363
July 21, 2015 Frozen Pensions 3 Comments
A cross party group of MPs has tabled Early Day Motion 363 “British Pensioners Overseas” calling upon the Government to consider ways to resolve the frozen pension issue.
The EDM was tabled by APPG Vice Chair, Yasmin Qureshi (Labour), with co-sponsorship from Sir Peter Bottomley (Conservative), Ian Blackford (SNP) and Greg Mulholland (Lib Dem).
Other MPs will be able to signal their support for the motion when parliament returns in September.
The full text of the motion is:
EDM 363 – BRITISH PENSIONERS OVERSEAS
That this House believes that all pensioners have the right to dignity in retirement; notes that 550,000 British pensioners living in 122 countries overseas do not get their pension automatically uprated, but pensioners living in other countries do; regrets that, while those pensioners adversely affected have made the necessary National Insurance contributions they are denied an equal pension; further notes that these pensioners are living on effectively declining incomes, sometimes on as little as £30 per week; recognises that pensioners retiring abroad deliver considerable savings to the UK economy; further believes that this policy has a negative impact on the ability of many British citizens who might wish to retire abroad to do so; and urges the Government to consider ways to allow pensioners to receive the full pensions that they are entitled to, and to retire in dignity wherever they choose to live.