See and Hear Ron and Bob Talking Pensions

The British Pension Anomaly

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The British Pension Anomaly

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RON                My name’s Ron, I live in America – they call us 'limeys'.

BOB                G’day, my name’s bob, I live in Australia – they call us 'poms'.

RON                I retired seven years ago and moved to America for the lifestyle.

BOB                I retired seven years ago and moved to Australia to be with my grandchildren.

RON                America rebelled in 1776 and left the Commonwealth, but the UK still treats me as well as if I’d stayed in the UK.  My pension is index linked.

BOB                Australia is a member of the old Commonwealth.  Many British pensioners come here to be with their families but the UK treats them like outcasts.  Their pensions are frozen.

RON                When I retired in 1999 my British pension was £66.75 per week.

BOB                When I retired in 1999 my British pension was £66.75 per week.

RON                I now get £84.25 per week.

BOB                I still get £66.75 per week.  That’s what I mean when I say that my pension is frozen.

RON                They claim that it would cost a lot of money to index all pensions.

BOB                Not a lot of money, less than one percent of the annual pensions budget.

Britain pays fully indexed pensions to half its expat pensioners – to the USA and the Philippines, the whole of the EU, including the new members from East Europe, Turkey, Israel, and Bosnia, but, although we all paid the same contributions, it withholds the up-rating of its pensioners in the Commonwealth – all to save less than one percent of the pensions budget.

There are people here in their 90’s still getting less than ten pounds a week; the same as when they retired. 

 Where’s the justice in that?

This is a "docudrama", a fact-based presentation of a real world situation. The people playing the two characters are resident in Australia. The anomaly they discuss is a real result of the discrimination practised by the UK.

Script by James Nelson and Graham Lassiter. Technical production by Barbara Lassiter.

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