Cameron “not unsympathetic” to the plight of UK expats with frozen pensions

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02 Apr, 2014

Cameron “not unsympathetic” to the plight of UK expats with frozen pensions

UK expats residing in countries all over the world, the majority of which are commonwealth nations, have the disadvantage of frozen pensions. This means that unlike UK residents, they do not benefit from inflation-linked increases to their state pension every year. The situation is urgent because some have had their pensions frozen for decades, thus their pension payments amount to tiny sums which could be considered insignificant.

Now, however, there might be change on the horizon as the Prime Minister David Cameron is said to have expressed sympathy to the plight of British expats. But that change will not happen overnight.

Conservative MP for Thanet North, Sir Roger Gale, said that when meeting the Prime Minister recently to lobby him for a better deal for the pensioners affected, he was "not unsympathetic" to the difficulties, however, no change is imminent, he added.

"Some of these people do not have long left," Sir Roger told a meeting of a new cross-party parliamentary group formed to fight on the pensioners' behalf. "We need urgent action."

The group has so far enjoyed strong support from the governments of Australia and Canada, where many of the expats with frozen pensions live.