Nov 18: Anne Puckridge goes to London

November 2018 – Anne is 93. She served in the Second World War and worked in the UK up until the age of 76. She paid her National Insurance in full. But the British government now thanks her with the indignity of a ‘frozen’ pension. Anne’s pension was ‘frozen’ at £72.50 per week when she left the UK for Canada to be closer to her daughter and grandchildren. Her pension doesn’t increase in-line with inflation so it falls in real value year-on-year. If she had stayed in the UK she would be getting £129.20 per week. Astonishingly there are over 520,000 British pensioners in similar positions, most of whom live in Commonwealth countries, where as other countries like America and the Philippines are unaffected.