APPG meets with Canadian Government
June 9, 2022 Frozen British Pensions 5 Comments
On the 9th June, the APPG on Frozen British Pensions met with the Canadian Government to discuss the UK Government’s frozen pensions policy. The virtual meeting was chaired by Sir Roger Gale MP, and attendees discussed how both countries could work together to bring an end to the injustice of frozen pensions.
Around 150,000 UK pensioners living in Canada are the recipient of a frozen UK state pension, and last year the Canadian Government formally requested to enter into negotiations for a reciprocal social society agreement to uprate UK state pensions in Canada. However, the UK Government declined this invitation.
Thank you to all those who attended, and the APPG is most grateful to Deputy Minister Alexis Conrad for sharing the Canadian Government’s views and insights on this matter.
June 30, 2022 - 12:27 pm
Good day, I am a UK pensioner living in Canada. I became more acutely aware of how the UK government policy of freezing state pensions for those living in Canada, since the cost of living has increased so much recently. What further can your committee do to urge the government to rectify the injustice of frozen pensions? It seems to me that although £101 billion was paid to pensioners in 2021, the amount to increase frozen pensions would be less than 10% of this figure for the half million affected pensioners across the world. While the government has found finances for less important schemes, ex-pat pensioners are suffering under this discriminatory policy. What ires me most is the UK government refusing to talk to the Canadian government on this issue as recently as the beginning of June this year. Please continue your efforts to rectify this situation before we all die off in poverty.
July 12, 2022 - 4:14 pm
I agree with Ivan 100%. It’s nothing more than utter discrimination that the UK can issue pensions on a country-by-country basis. The situation requires public awareness for a life change. My husband joked that he wanted to see his pension indexed at least before he died. Unfortunately, at age 90, he lost out on both counts. I will continue to support the Canadian Alliance of British Pensioners in their fight to correct the injustice.
July 31, 2022 - 8:53 pm
I agree totally with Ivan. I am also one of the over half-a-million UK Pensioners living abroad whose Pension is frozen.
That issue has become much more acute recently with the effects of massively higher inflation.
None of us so affected expect to have any exchange-rate-related correction or compensation because of where we live – all we need is to have our UK Pensions unfrozen and paid at the same Sterling figure as UK residents with the same contributions as us would receive if we lived in the UK.
It is especially unjust and absurd that despite Canada being a Commonwealth country, and the UK now having left the European Union, UK Pensioners living in the 27 EU Countries do not have their UK State Pensions frozen by the UK Government.
August 4, 2022 - 8:07 pm
Suggest all Commonwealth countries w/frozen pensions should no longer participate in the Commonwealth until this discrimination is rectified once & for all.
August 4, 2022 - 8:08 pm