The International Consortium of British Pensioners (ICBP) for 8 years has followed the legal route to try to prove that the freezing of about half of expats’ pensions in certain countries, mostly in the Commonwealth, was discriminatory. This was turned down finally in the European Court of Human Rights in March 2011.
There has been growing support for the unfreezing of these pensions in Parliament. An early day motion (EDM) calling on the government to end the freezing of state pensions for expats, sponsored by Work and Pensions Committee chair Dame Anne Begg, has attracted 101 MPs’ signatures. This affects around 500,000 pensioners.
Now a working group which includes Treasury officials and members of the International Consortium of British Pensioners (ICBP) will investigate the issue.