State Retirement Pensions: British Nationals Abroad

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 26th May 2016.

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Photo of Ian Blackford Ian Blackford Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Pensions)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what discussions his Department has had with the Canadian government on the uprating of pensions for UK citizens living in that country.

Photo of Justin Tomlinson Justin Tomlinson Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Department for Work and Pensions) (Disabled People)

The positions of the Canadian and UK governments on this issue were most recently discussed in 2013.

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Jane Davies
Posted on 27 May 2016 3:33 pm (Report this annotation)

Another politician ducking the question on why the UK government withholds from 4% of seniors their rightful indexing on their state pensions just because of where they live in retirement.

The Canadian government, who by the way pay annual cost of living increases to ALL Canadians citizens who have paid for their pension wherever they live in the world, say it is the UK's lack of political will to pay UK pensioners. This has nothing to do with Canada or any other country, no agreements are needed it is the UK government who are refusing to do the right thing.

It is an utter disgrace how these pensioners are treated. Especially when billions of taxpayers money is sent overseas into the pockets of corrupt politicians and then you, Mr Tomlinson, and your department have the nerve to say there is no money to pay the 4%, who only expect to be treated the same as everyone else, having spent more than forty years paying for their state pension.

George Morley
Posted on 27 May 2016 4:55 pm (Report this annotation)

Yes Jane Davies, there are places like Zimbabwe where aid is given to the dictator Mugabe where an ex-pat will be denied the uprated pension and white people are being hounded out of the country and even today we hear of atrocities being committed see : https://www.newsday.co.zw/2016/05/27/mugabe-march-causes-may....
Why is Canada not being treated the same as Macedonia or Israel not to mention her neighbour the USA. There is no logic or justification.
Wake up Mr Tomlinson, read the Code of Conduct for MP's and follow the rules that are expected from those in parliament. Discrimination is not allowed even when you make a law to impose it you are breaking that code but it seems that the DWP know no shame.

Andy Robertson-Fox
Posted on 28 May 2016 10:57 am (Report this annotation)

Mr. Blackford, the answer that the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State gave you is probably correct....as far as it goes.

Nothing has been discussed in the last three years and the depth of those discussions must be highly debateable given that the current Social Security and Welfare (Reciprocal) Agreement was originally fashioned in 1976 but excluded Pension uprating because the UK government was not satisfied with the Canadian accounting and administration arrangements.

Such agreements are, of course, not necessary anyway for the UK government to make index linking world wide but in 1979 the Canadian government, having implemented the called for changes and introduced legislation to cover them, sought for the pensions provisions to now be incorporated.

The UK government reneged and has maintained its discriminative intransigent stance ever since, rebuffing any Canadian approach but offering no justification for doing so.

Mr. Tomlinson appears to have omitted these important facts from his reply.