BPiA member Geoff Nadin, and Our President Patrick Edwards, have exchanged letters with Australian Government Ministers, Marise Payne, and Jane Hume. The Ministers assure us that the Australian Government will continue to raise the issue of frozen pensions with the UK Government, and that the Australian Department of Social Services and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade do work closely together, as they do with other government agencies. Here is the Letter from Minister Payne to Geoff Nadin. Here is Geoff Nadin's reply. Here is Minister Hume's letter to Patrick Edwards.
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The All Party Parliamentary Group inquiry into UK pensions paid abroad published its report on 16th December 2020. The overall finding of the APPG is that the policy of frozen pensions is illogical, unfair and causes significant distress. The Report includes a submission by The Hon George Brandis QC, Australian High Commissioner in London. The submission includes the statement "The Australian Government's view is that all UK pensioners have paid contributions under the same rules and should be paid their UK pensions under equal conditions, no matter where they live." You can read the APPG 2020 Inquiry Report here [...]
BPiA Chairman, Brian Owles, has sent a copy of Broken Faith to Scott Morrison to coincide with the 75th Anniversary of VJ Day. In his covering letter, Brian pointed out the unfair treatment of veterans by the British Government. He asked the Prime Minister to raise the issue with the British Government. Two of our members, Patricia Coulthard and Robert Haley, who are themselves veterans of WW2, have also written to the Prime Minister. Broken Faith documents the stories of 26 brave veterans of the Second World War, all of whom have frozen pensions. The booklet shows how ungrateful [...]
In July, our Chairman, Brian Owles made a submission to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade regarding the frozen pension issue. He pointed out that 228,000 pensioners who live in Australia were affected. He also said that the issue of frozen pensions did not only affect the pensioners but that an estimated $500 million per annum is lost in foreign currency transfers into the economy and that it results in around $180 million in extra payments by Centrelink. A copy of his submission can be found here: FTA submission 2020