Here are some of the comments that we have received from around the world….
“To qualify for a retirement visa [ in Thailand], you have to have an income of 65,000 Thai Bahts per month [just over £1,500]. Very few expats here can now afford to renew their visa, so we are being forced to return home”
– M. Walters – Thailand
“My mum died last month, at the age of 101. For the past 36 years, she received her frozen British pension in Canada. I was hoping that she would see an ‘unfrozen’ pension before her demise. Thanks for all your good work”
– Ms. MacLaren – Canada
“I’m a British pensioner, currently living in Mexico, but shortly to return to the UK because I don’t want to end up living in (less than) genteel poverty in a few years’ time when my pension has degraded significantly from it’s already paltry level!”
– E. Kellaway – Mexico
“It was mentioned several times that it would be expensive to up-rate pensions to today’s level. That is a fallacy. The cost would be £590 million which sounds a lot but, put in context, it is peanuts. It amounts to 0.7% of the annual pensions budget and the National Insurance pension fund is very substantially in surplus [£5 billion] and could easily afford the increase”
– J. Duffy (ICBP Chair) – Antigua
“It appears only a UK Government would treat their pensioners in such a shallow way with total disregard for their fellow citizens who contributed to the UK growth over the last 50 years and then discarded as a nuisance at any opportunity which this seems to me to have happened”
– M. Foulger – South Africa
“I also listened to the BBC programme and decided that injustice carried on for over seventy years doesn’t change the fact that it is an injustice.
I shall be encouraging those British subjects in Hong Kong who might be affected to look at your campaign and become active therein.
Good luck and keep up the good work – you have morality on your side”
– C. Lawrence – Hong Kong
“Reciprocal” reciprocity (UK parliament agrees) is not necessary. Furthermore, all OECD countries – including Canada – index pensions no matter where pensioners live – it is the UK which is behaving unjustifiably – I do hope that Brexit will bring change. It is the UK refuses to sign such agreements”