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House of Lords written question – answered on 10th July 2013.

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Photo of Lord Jones of Cheltenham Lord Jones of Cheltenham Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will assess the impact on the public finances of encouraging more citizens entitled to claim the basic state pension to emigrate (1) to countries where the pension is uprated annually, and (2) to countries where the pension is frozen at the time of emigration.

Photo of Lord Deighton Lord Deighton The Commercial Secretary to the Treasury

The decision to retire abroad is a personal one and the Government does not actively encourage people to do this. The Government has no plans to make an assessment of the impact on the public finances of individuals retiring abroad.

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George Morley
Posted on 11 Jul 2013 4:27 pm (Report this annotation)

With respect Lord Deighton, That begs the question Why ?
Why will no assessment be made ? Could it be that the recent report by the Oxford Economics , which the Pensions Minister dismissed so casually, would actually show that there would be a financial gain to the government if pensioners were all indexed and encouraged to emigrate ? Many people emigrated to Australia in the years after the war encouraged by the government. The government's intransigence on the indexing of all pensions abroad is just plain discrimination and immoral.
The honesty and integrity of politicians of all colours is in question and whether the government now encourage or not is irrelevant. Lord Jones question was a valid one and I regret to say that the response is undeserving of you Sir.
Could it be that deep down you know you are wrong ?
All pensioners paid in and all should withdraw on the same terms and conditions !

Jane Davies
Posted on 11 Jul 2013 5:15 pm (Report this annotation)

This whole sorry business is about discrimination. All ministers who fail year after year to correct this disgraceful treatment of just 4% of state pensioners should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves. The world is watching and from comments I read about this many are appalled at this callous treatment to the most vulnerable of UK citizens. All have paid into the NI fund for their pensions , all are entitled to be treated the same, where one lives in retirement is of no consequence and none of the governments business. Just get on with it and for once do the right thing and unfreeze the 4%.