Sadly, our founder, Jim Tilley AOM, passed away today, 29th July 2021, at 4.00am, Sydney Time Jim Tilley the tireless campaigner for UK pensioners in Australia, has left a powerful legacy. Incensed at the UK Government’s arbitrary and unjust frozen pension policy which sees the pensions paid to Australian residents frozen, Jim established British Pensions in Australia Inc. (BPiA) in 2003. From small beginnings, BPiA now boasts over 3,600 members. Its membership consists of migrants from the UK and Australians who worked in the UK and returned to Australia. Over the years, Jim has helped guide many Australians through the [...]
Department of Work & Pensions confirms reciprocal agreement not needed In answer to a "Freedom of Information" request, the UK DWP has confirmed that a reciprocal social services agreement is not required to "unfreeze" UK Pensions. They also confirmed that there are no plans to change the existing 70 year old policy on Frozen Pensions. The DWP FOI response is here
Senator Eric Abetz asks Senator Anne Ruston the cost to Australia of the UK Frozen Pension Policy. Senator Eric Abetz has written to Senator Anne Ruston (Minister for Families & Social Services) requesting any information available on the cost to Australia of the UK Frozen Pensions Policy. You can see the letter here.
Sir Roger Gale urges Prime Minister to end frozen pensions in debate on the Queens Speech You can watch him speaking on our behalf on Twitter here.
Stewart McDonald (Shadow SNP Spokesperson for Defence) asked questions of Guy Opperman You can read his questions and Guy Opperman’s answers here.
APPG on Frozen Pensions holds its AGM The APPG on Frozen Pensions held its AGM on 19th May 2021. Sir Roger Gale MP was re-elected Chair of the APPG. Also elected as Vice Chairs were Lord German, Carol Monaghan MP, Lord Randall and Lord Foulks. Canadian MPs Paul Manly and Matt Jeneroux attended the AGM as did Kyle Nash , Head of Political Policy from the Australian High Commission.
Correspondence between Admiral Jeremy Larken, Christian Matheson MP, and the Department for Work and Pensions, confirms that the UK policy on frozen pensions is unchanged. Here is the reply to Admiral Jeremy Larken from Christian Matheson MP. Here is the reply from the Department for Work and Pensions.
Our President Patrick Edwards, has received two more letters from Politicians, confirming the ALP's, and the Federal Governments's positions regarding our UK Frozen Pensions campaign. Here is the Letter from Federal Assistant Minister Ben Morton MP. Here is the Letter from NSW Labor Senator Deborah O'Neill.
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.