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22Dec 2020

Australian Government Supports BPiA campaign to end Frozen Pensions

By |22 Dec 2020|Categories: News in the UK|

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 [...]

08Oct 2020

BPiA Celebrates VJ Day By Writing To The Prime Minister

By |08 Oct 2020|Categories: Media Coverage|

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 [...]

08Oct 2020

BPiA Makes Submission on Australia/UK Free Trade Agreement

By |08 Oct 2020|Categories: Media Coverage|

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 [...]

26Aug 2020

Broken Faith Delivered to MP

By |26 Aug 2020|Categories: News in Australia|

We have delivered a copy of Broken Faith to Paul Fletcher Federal MP for Bradfield. Broken Faith is a booklet produced by ICBP (the International Consortium of British Pensioners), of which BPiA is a member. Broken Faith includes details of many veterans who have fought in the Second World War and other conflicts on behalf of the British people but who have had their old age pension frozen because [...]

15Aug 2020

A Speech by HRH Prince Charles

By |15 Aug 2020|Categories: News in the UK|

HRH Prince Charles says UK veterans of the war in the Far East "are respected, thanked and cherished with all our hearts, and for all time". Is the British Government listening?

14Aug 2020

BPiA Calling on Australian Prime Minister

By |14 Aug 2020|Categories: News in Australia|

This Media Release was issued today: The British Pensioners in Australia (BPiA) are again calling on Australian Prime Minister to urge the Government of the United Kingdom to unfreeze pension payments for UK retirees living in Australia, many of whom are poverty-stricken. BPiA will today deliver their ‘Broken Faith’ booklet to the PM’s electorate office under cover of letter in an attempt to gather support for their cause. The [...]

02Jul 2020

Our Representative in London Holds Virtual Meetings with Members of APPG

By |02 Jul 2020|Categories: News for Members|

Tendo held "virtual" meetings with Sir Roger Gale MP (pictured), Bell Ribeiro Addy MP and Lord Randall of Uxbridge. They also held follow up conversations with Neil Gray MP and Amy Callaghan MP and secured support from Daisy Cooper MP, Kirsty Blackman MP, Neale Hanvey MP and Kirsten Oswald MP. In the virtual meeting with Lord Randall, Tendo took him through the plan for the campaign and discussed a [...]

12Feb 2020

BPiA Representatives Meet FTA Negotiating Team

By |12 Feb 2020|Categories: News in Australia|

Brian Owles, Patrick Edwards and Desmond Woods of BPiA met Melissa Cheesman (Senior Adviser to Senator Birmingham (Minister for Trade Tourism and Investment)), Alex Taylor (Senior Adviser to Senator Ruston (Minister for Social Services), George Mina (First Assistant Secretary, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade) and Cathy Raper (First Assistant Secretary, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade) to press for the frozen pensions issue to be raised with the [...]

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