Survey reveals UK pensioners would vote for a party willing to unfreeze expat pensions

Published:  28 Jan at 6 PM
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A recent survey has shown welcome support for expat pensioners overseas who are struggling to manage on their frozen pensions.

The study’s results revealed that state pensioners living in the UK would vote for a political party which promised to unfreeze overseas pensions. The OnePoll survey, conducted on behalf of the International Consortium of British Pensioners (ICBP), found that, out of the 1,000 respondents, 41 per cent would put their vote to the best use for their compatriots living in the 120 countries where UK state pensions are frozen.

Sixty per cent of those who took part in the survey agreed that the government’s stance on unfreezing pensions was a poor way to treat Britons who’d paid national insurance and tax during their working lives as well as benefiting the economy by their labour. At present, UK expat pensioners living in Australia, Canada, Asia, India, and many more countries are victims of the discriminatory practice.

Chair of the ICBP Sheila Telford told the press she was happy at the show of string support, pointing out that the UK pensioner vote is important, especially in general elections. She also remarked that the British public clearly recognise discrimination, adding that successive UK governments have not.

If the government’s current push to get expat voters to register is successful, marginal seats could be lost to their present incumbents. If a further push by a party determined to right this wrong happens, thus bringing in the resident pensioner vote, the result could be life-changing for the half a million Brits in far-flung locations, many of whom are living on £30 a week or even less.
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