Sir David Amess MP joined a growing number of MPs and Peers calling for the Prime Minister to give 93 year old World War Two veteran Anne Puckridge and over 520,000 others the full state pensions they deserve. At the event held in the House of Commons on Wednesday 31st October, Sir David met with concerned pensioners to hear their case.
Anne Puckridge has flown all the way from Canada to the UK to meet MPs to urge them to end the injustice of the Government’s freeze on pensions for British citizens abroad. Anne lived and worked in the UK all her working life and paid her National Insurance dues. After she moved to Canada aged 76 to be closer to her family, she found that she was denied over half her state pension.
The UK State Pension is payable overseas, but is only uprated if the pensioner resides in the European Economic Area of a country with which the UK has a reciprocal agreement. Otherwise, the UK state pension is frozen at the level it was on the date the pensioner left the UK. Sir David has called on the Government to review the policy and ensure that all pensioners get the fair amount they deserve.