BPiA is constantly in touch with breaking news and events in the UK about pension justice and our fight.  Since our campaign began there has been a growing interest in the issue from concerned politicians, jurists and of course the media.  Our network of members and volunteers both here and in the UK constantly monitor the UK media and maintain active contacts in the UK so that you, as a member, can be regularly kept up to date.  Check our news feed to see how we are going.

Yet another recent article speculating on the fate of the 472,000 UK pensioners living in the EU, now that the UK is set to leave.   It quotes Graham Keysell of financial advisers Spectrum IFA Group:

"Inevitably, the UK government will be tempted to save money by ending the increases to pensioners living in the EU.  It is already estimated that the Treasury saves around half a billion pounds a year from pensioners excluded from the increases. This could easily double if pensioners in the EU were to be treated similarly. The number of overseas voters still on the UK electoral register is negligible, so the government might decide that upsetting these people would have a very modest negative effect."
 
 Not much comfort there........especially if you take the time to listen to the video interviews with George Osborne (Remain) and Ian Duncan-Smith (Leave), which both pay lip service to but are ultimately cynically dismissive or ignorant of pensioners' real concerns.

 

Another article, this time from 'This is Money, UK', which suggests that, thanks to Brexit: "The pound has already collapsed in value against the euro, and annual rises in the state pensions might be frozen if no deal is struck on this issue with former EU partners".

This article from theguardian website describes the impact of the BREXIT vote on the value of the pound and the possible freezing of UK pensions for those living in the European Community.

 

 

A timely and telling article in 'Money Observer' by John Markham, Chairman of ICBP. In it he reflects on the chaos and uncertainty brought about by BREXIT.  The unforeseen victims of the vote could include the 470,000 British pensioners currently living in EU countries, who presently have no idea what their state pension entitlement may be post Brexit.  John asks, "Will they continue to be treated like UK resident pensioners, uprated each year, or will they find themselves with a frozen pension like many other British pensioners around the world?"  Perhaps more significantly, we might ask whether we have a potential 470,000 allies in our fight for pension parity.

 

 

Another sad story of the impact of frozen pensions. This article which appears on theguardian website outlines the terrible choice that a 90 year old RAF veteran is faced with. Either to sell his house to survive financially or to return to the UK and leave his sick wife behind in Canada.