Australia’s Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin has announced that the British Government has agreed to discuss the contentious issue of frozen pensions.

Article written by The Overseas Guides Company

The long overdue development came after discussions last week with British Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Iain Duncan Smith.

Under current laws Britain’s frozen pensions policy means that around 500,000 British retirees, in over 100 different countries, have not had their British pensions increased in line with inflation since they emigrated. For those who have been gone for 20 years, they will still be receiving £54.15 in line with what it was all those years ago rather than the £107 that they would be entitled to now.

More than half of the aforementioned expats live in Australia. The Australian government has worked out that out of the 252,000 British expats living down under, 190,000 are provided with means-tested Australian assistance to help them get by. This assistance costs Australia approximately £71 million every year.

“Understandably, expat pensioners expect to be treated the same wherever they are in the world,” said Richard Way, editor of the Overseas Buying Guides. “However, one way they can stretch their monthly spending power is by using a currency exchange specialist, such as Smart Currency Exchange, to have their pension transferred from the UK to Australia, or wherever it is they live. Smart, for example, typically offers exchange rates that are 2-4 per cent better than what you’d get by sending the money direct through your bank.”

This development will no doubt delight campaigners who have been fighting to receive the pensions that they contributed to when they were resident in the UK.

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