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Fury as 225,000 British expats in Australia to miss double-digit pension lift

London: A quarter of a million British retirees living in Australia will be denied a record increase in UK pension next year, due to “grossly unfair” rules freezing payments for those retiring in Commonwealth countries.

Representatives of the British Pensions in Australia group will arrive in London on Monday to pressure the British government to end an “injustice”, leaving some 225,000 British pensioners with their British pensions “frozen” at the rate at which they first retired or they moved to Australia. .

UK Secretary for Work and Pensions Mel Stride (second from right) leaves after a cabinet meeting at 10 Downing Street.


While the UK pension is paid worldwide, only pensioners living in certain foreign countries, such as the United States and the European Union, receive an annual improvement in line with inflation. As a result, the state pensions of British retirees living in Australia are falling in real terms year on year, with some receiving as little as £22 a week, or $40.

British expats in Australia are estimated to receive an average of £49.18 a month from the state pension and will permanently miss out on an annual increase of £972 next April when increased by inflation, which hit a 40-year high of 10 .1 percent in September. It equates to a loss of £19,440 over the course of the average retirement.

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BPiA Chairman Patrick Edwards, who will meet top UK MPs and deliver letters to the UK Department for Work and Pensions on behalf of British retirees in Australia, said British retirees in Australia remained shocked by the “total contempt” with which they are treated. .

“We left the UK knowing that we paid the necessary dues and contributions to our pensions, some even completed their contributions while in Australia,” Edwards said.


“What reason or rhyme does it mean that we should be treated inferiorly to our counterparts at home, or in other countries, simply because we live on Australian soil? This is a clear postcode lottery, with the UK government more than willing to forget about us retirees now that we are no longer on British soil. But we will not tolerate this discrimination and will continue to fight for justice until the UK government reverses this cruel pension policy for good.”

The policy affects retirees like Patricia Coulthard, 101, who moved to NSW in retirement to live closer to her children. After almost 20 years on a “frozen state pension”, she receives just £46 a week, or $82, less than a third of the total amount.


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