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.

September 15, 2015

APPG Meets Representatives of the National Pensioners Convention

On 15 September 2015 the APPG met with several BAME representatives of the NPC to discuss the impact on Frozen Pensions on British ethnic minorities. As a group we usually focus...

September 14, 2015

APPG member becomes Leader of the Labour Party

The APPG on Frozen British Pensions congratulates Jeremy Corbyn, a founder member of this group and regular supporter of our activities, on his election as Leader of the Labour Party. We...

September 4, 2015

Next Meeting: Tuesday 15 September 2015, 11.30am, Room T, Portcullis House

The next meeting of the APPG on Frozen British Pensions will be held jointly with BAME representatives of the National Pensioners Convention (NPC) DATE: Tuesday 15 September 2015 TIME: 11.30am to...

September 4, 2015

Keith Vaz – Why I believe the rules are unfair (The Guardian)

I was nine years old when, with my two sisters, I moved from Aden in Yemen to the UK. We faced numerous challenges, as all first-generation immigrant families do. Now,...

July 24, 2015

Qureshi: Most British Asians are unaware of the government’s discriminatory frozen pension policy

APPG member Yasmin Qureshi has published an article in Asian Today on the impact of the frozen pensions on British Asians wanting to move overseas in their retirement: Barely a...

July 24, 2015

Chairman, Sir Roger Gale MP, invites all parliamentarians to join APPG

APPG Chairman, Sir Roger Gale MP, has this week written to all MPs and Lords inviting them to join the APPG. In his letter he said: “Due to a quirk...

July 21, 2015

APPG Members table Early Day Motion 363

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...

July 15, 2015

Ian Blackford elected as APPG Vice-Chair

The SNP’s Pensions Spokesperson and newly elected MP for Ross, Skye and Lochaber, Ian Blackford, has become a Vice Chair of the APPG on Frozen British Pensions. After the election it...

July 15, 2015

Yasmin Qureshi elected as APPG Vice-Chair

Yasmin Qureshi has been unanimously elected as a Vice Chair of the APPG on Frozen British Pensions. Yasmin replaces Dame Anne Begg MP as the Labour Vice Chair of the...

July 14, 2015

Inaugural APPG Meeting of 2015 parliament

The APPG on Frozen British Pensions met for the first time in the new parliament on 14 July. The agenda included the formal election of Officers, with Sir Roger Gale...

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