Update This petition is now over 140,000 signatures, let’s take it to 150,000 – Please sign!BPiA Volunteer 12023-03-23T16:40:29+11:00
The UK government has extended the deadline for voluntary National Insurance contributions from 5th April 2023 to 31st July 2023 to give taxpayers more time to fill gaps in their National Insurance record and help increase the amount they receive in State Pension. The deadline relates to those people who have yet to reach state pension age and who have gaps in their contribution records for past years. It is possible for those who have only recently reached state pension age to fill gaps in their contributions record. They should enquire by telephoning the International Pensions Centre on 0011 44 [...]
Members Fact sheet 24 has been added, and Fact Sheet 19 has been updated! Fact Sheet 24: How to Contact Your MP, and What to Say. Fact Sheet 19: Current and Historical Contribution and Pension Rates
BPiA has a stall booked at the Sydney Mardi Gras Fair Day 10 am to 9 pm on Sunday 19th Feb 2023. Volunteers are needed! Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Phone: 1 300 308 353
We are sorry to report that John Duffy, the ICBP Chairman who recently led the ICBP delegation visit to the UK has had to stand down from all frozen pensioner work due to ill health. We would like thank John for his determined leadership and campaigning since 2017 and wish him the very best in his health journey. The rest of the ICBP board will continue the campaign for unfreezing of pensions around the world, which was advanced during the recent delegation visit and a new Chair will be identified some time in the New Year. [...]
Lord Rennard gave a presentation direct from London to the BPiA AGM on 6th Dec 2022. Lord Rennard is a Liberal Democrat Life Peer who was instrumental in getting the changes to the Election Act which removed the 15 year time limit for non-residents to vote in the UK. The AGM was held via Zoom, and members from several countries around the world attended. The presentation gave valuable insights on how best to progress our case with the UK Government, and finished with a Q&A session. The Video is here
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
Our President Patrick Edwards and other members of the ICBP delegation have met a leading KC and a successful human rights lawyer to investigate possible legal solutions for our campaign. Read the full report in the BPiA Monthly Newsletter to be published next week.
Are you entitled to a Full or Part UK State Age Pension? Have you, or your spouse ever worked in the UK and paid National Insurance contributions? You may be entitled to a full or part UK State Age Pension, irrespective of nationality or where you now live. BPiA is holding a free Webinar to help you determine if you are eligible, how to maximise what you are entitled too, and how to apply. Registration (free) is essential, and numbers are limited! https://us02web.zoom.us/.../tZAtc...
Sydney Morning Herald has published an excellent article exposing the unfairness of British Frozen Pensions and the fury it has caused. It also publicises the excellent work our BPiA delegation in London, which includes our President Patrick Edwards, is doing "educating" British MPs about the situation Full Article is here
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