The APPG on Frozen British Pensions

“Bringing together parliamentary supporters of the case to unfreeze British state pensions overseas and to campaign for reform.”

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Frozen British Pensions exists to bring together parliamentary supporters of the case to unfreeze frozen British State Pensions Overseas and to campaign for reform on this issue.

We are supporting the 550,000 British pensioners, half the pensioners living overseas, who are currently adversely affected by the government’s frozen pension policy.

Unlike pensioners in the UK, and many others living overseas, frozen pensioners do not receive any annual uprating adjustments to their State Pensions, resulting in pension payments of declining real terms value throughout their retirement. This leaves some facing poverty in old age.

More than 95% of the ‘frozen’ pensioners live in Commonwealth countries, most in Australia, Canada, South Africa and New Zealand, but also India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, many Caribbean islands and all African countries.

As an APPG we are championing the affordable and deliverable policy solutions to this injustice. We have members from every political party in Westminster, united by this common cause.

March 17, 2016

SNP hammers government on frozen pensions

Seven SNP Members of Parliament took the opportunity of Business Questions on 17 March 2016 to challenge the government on frozen pensions and demand a debate on the Social Security...

March 10, 2016

EDM 1235: APPG launches parliamentary challenge to the measure used to freeze overseas state pensions

A Vice Chair of the APPG on Frozen British Pensions has today tabled a parliamentary motion, EDM1235, seeking to challenge the measure brought forward by the government to freeze the State...

February 26, 2016

Baroness Benjamin leads questions in the Lords on frozen British pensions

On 24 February 2016 Baroness Benjamin, a member of the APPG on Frozen British Pensions secured an Oral Question in the House of Lords on Frozen British Pensions. Benjamin used...

February 7, 2016

APPG disappointed at Commons Vote extending frozen pensions to Single Tier Pension legislation

Members of the APPG have expressed their disappointment that the House of Commons has voted to continue the freezing of overseas pensioners under the new Single Tier Pension legislation. On...

February 5, 2016

Shadow Pensions Minister, Angela Rayner MP, backs reform on Frozen Pensions

Labour’s new Shadow Pensions Minister, Angela Rayner MP has called for change on frozen pensions and committed herself to helping to find a solution. Speaking at the APPG’s roundtable event...

February 4, 2016

Frozen Pensions Roundtable with the NPC and ICBP: 2 February 2016

On 2 February 2016, the APPG held a joint roundtable meeting with the International Consortium of British Pensioners (ICBP) and the National Pensioners Convention (NPC), to launch a new pamphlet...

February 4, 2016

Updated: House of Commons Library Paper on Frozen British Pensions

The House of Commons Library has recently updated its research briefing paper for MPs on frozen British pensions. The paper looks at why the UK state pension is not uprated...

November 30, 2015

The Sunday Times reports on the APPG / Letwin meeting

The Sunday Times has reported that the Cabinet Office and Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) are considering proposals for a “partial uprating” of the policy following APPG Chairman Roger Gale’s...

November 28, 2015

APPG welcomes EDM 767

A group of MPs has tabled an Early Day Motion (EDM 767) expressing support for reform on this issue of frozen British pensions. The initiative has been taken by Paul Monaghan,...

November 26, 2015

APPG meets frozen pension campaigners

On Wednesday 25 November the APPG on Frozen British Pensions met with John Markham and Sheila Telford, Directors of the International Consortium of British Pensioners (ICBP), the main campaign group...

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