Former WW2 intelligence officer now 90 must return to UK from Canada to claim her full pension

Stroud News and Journal: Former Stroud resident Anne Puckridge, 90, moved to Calgary to be with her family in 2001 at the age of 77. However due to the pension policy regarding expatriates she can no longer support herself financially and must move back to the UK Former Stroud resident Anne Puckridge, 90, moved to Calgary to be with her family in 2001 at the age of 77. However due to the pension policy regarding expatriates she can no longer support herself financially and must move back to the UK

AFTER 13 years of living in Canada, Ann Puckridge, 90, is being forced to leave her family and friends and return to England.

Mrs Puckridge moved to Calgary in 2001 to be with her daughter Diane, and grandchildren Kirsty, 11, and Andrew, nine, who had moved there a few years earlier.

However due to the Government’s policy on pensions for those who live abroad in countries such as Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Canada she is now unable to financially support herself and must return home and live a ten hour flight away from her immediate family.

Along with the 560,000 other expatriates her state pension was frozen when she emigrated.

Having served as an intelligence officer in the Women’s Royal Navy in the Second World War and making mandatory National Insurance contributions throughout her teaching career in Gloucestershire she would receive £110.15 per week had she stayed in Britain.

“I lived in Painswick for 15 years and then Valley View Road in Stroud for 20 years so when I have to move back it is my intention to settle back in the Gloucestershire area,” said Mrs Puckridge.

“However currently I have no definite plans and am hoping I won’t have to make that decision in the end.”

Mrs Puckridge has spent 12 years writing letters to British ministers and campaigning for justice alongside the International Consortium of British Pensioners.

However she said that the cost of her posting a letter to an MP is the same amount that she must also budget for one meal.

Mrs Puckridge moved to Canada at the age of 77 to be with her family but can no longer survive on the pension she is receiving and she has exhausted all of her savings.

“I am being forced back to the UK where I will live alone with no family at all,” she said.

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5:58pm Fri 21 Mar 14

RobtheFox says...

This article highlights the disgrace of the frozen pension policy of successive governments. It really needs no furter comment. It is recognised by the current Minister of Pensions, Steve Webb as being illogical, irrelevant discriminatory and an anomaly - yet not only does he now renege on his own and his Lib Dem colleagues to abolish it he is perpetuating the policy in his Pension Reform Bıll - it has repercussions for every family in the UK and especially those who might be considering emigrating on retirement.
One point that should be clarified - the report says Ms Puckridge receives only 4% of her state pension. I am sure that this is not correct - she will I believe be receiving her state pension at the same level as was paid when she emigrated but has not been and will not be ındex linked and uprated annually. The figure of 4% relates to the percentage of the total number of UK citizen pensioners world wide who are victimised in this manner.
Nevertheless the inaccuracy is quite insignificant in comparison with the iniquitous policy.
This article highlights the disgrace of the frozen pension policy of successive governments. It really needs no furter comment. It is recognised by the current Minister of Pensions, Steve Webb as being illogical, irrelevant discriminatory and an anomaly - yet not only does he now renege on his own and his Lib Dem colleagues to abolish it he is perpetuating the policy in his Pension Reform Bıll - it has repercussions for every family in the UK and especially those who might be considering emigrating on retirement. One point that should be clarified - the report says Ms Puckridge receives only 4% of her state pension. I am sure that this is not correct - she will I believe be receiving her state pension at the same level as was paid when she emigrated but has not been and will not be ındex linked and uprated annually. The figure of 4% relates to the percentage of the total number of UK citizen pensioners world wide who are victimised in this manner. Nevertheless the inaccuracy is quite insignificant in comparison with the iniquitous policy. RobtheFox
  • Score: 12

6:37pm Fri 21 Mar 14

janeybird says...

Discrimination is alive and well in the UK! The victims are not being penalised for their race, religion or gender but because of where they happen to live in retirement and the perpetrators of this injustice is none other than the DWP and the British government! ALL state pensioners have made their mandatory NI contributions ALL are entitled to be treated in the same way as far as payment is concerned. No other country with a similar state pension scheme does this. More than half of pensioners who reside abroad are treated the same as those who live in the UK in receiving their cost of living increases but this 4% are denied the same right. This is outrageous and beggars belief that a "rich country" (Cameron's words) can treat it's seniors in this disgraceful way.
Discrimination is alive and well in the UK! The victims are not being penalised for their race, religion or gender but because of where they happen to live in retirement and the perpetrators of this injustice is none other than the DWP and the British government! ALL state pensioners have made their mandatory NI contributions ALL are entitled to be treated in the same way as far as payment is concerned. No other country with a similar state pension scheme does this. More than half of pensioners who reside abroad are treated the same as those who live in the UK in receiving their cost of living increases but this 4% are denied the same right. This is outrageous and beggars belief that a "rich country" (Cameron's words) can treat it's seniors in this disgraceful way. janeybird
  • Score: 11

3:09am Sat 22 Mar 14

Chippshop says...

After reading this very sad story, how many of us are saying, "There but for the grace of God go I"? How many of us had no idea (before reading this article) that the government could make a law that could result in any British state pensioner, anywhere, having to make such a decision as this?
But these are our politicians for you, quite content not to change an shameful law for the better when they had the chance (the new Pension Bill).
Quite content to let pensioners suffer in their final years, when those people have paid up front as much as anyone else for a pension that's yet to be delivered.
A fair country? Not from where I'm standing.
After reading this very sad story, how many of us are saying, "There but for the grace of God go I"? How many of us had no idea (before reading this article) that the government could make a law that could result in any British state pensioner, anywhere, having to make such a decision as this? But these are our politicians for you, quite content not to change an shameful law for the better when they had the chance (the new Pension Bill). Quite content to let pensioners suffer in their final years, when those people have paid up front as much as anyone else for a pension that's yet to be delivered. A fair country? Not from where I'm standing. Chippshop
  • Score: 8

4:15am Sat 22 Mar 14

Magpied47 says...

This is a disgraceful situation, which makes me ashamed of my native country, which used to pride itself on Justice, and fair play.
After giving up part of her youth in service to her country, and working, paying taxes, and making contributions to NI during a full working life, she is rewarded with a frozen pension, which may result in her being forced to move away from her loved ones, to spend her remaining years alone.
This is certainly a long way away from Britain's "Finest Hour"
This is a disgraceful situation, which makes me ashamed of my native country, which used to pride itself on Justice, and fair play. After giving up part of her youth in service to her country, and working, paying taxes, and making contributions to NI during a full working life, she is rewarded with a frozen pension, which may result in her being forced to move away from her loved ones, to spend her remaining years alone. This is certainly a long way away from Britain's "Finest Hour" Magpied47
  • Score: 8

7:29am Sat 22 Mar 14

bikerbri says...

This disgraceful discrimination,which has been going on for over 60 years, needs to end now!
This disgraceful discrimination,which has been going on for over 60 years, needs to end now! bikerbri
  • Score: 4

7:56am Sat 22 Mar 14

RobtheFox says...

Just a quick addition to my original comment if I may? I referred to the 4% relating not to the amount of her pension but to the number of expats affected by this law. The pension is frozen at th level at which it first becomes payable in the host country; in Ms Puckridge's case the day she arrived in Canada!
My thanks to Kate Wilson and the Stroud News for amending the articlel! Nice to know our comments are read, too!
Just a quick addition to my original comment if I may? I referred to the 4% relating not to the amount of her pension but to the number of expats affected by this law. The pension is frozen at th level at which it first becomes payable in the host country; in Ms Puckridge's case the day she arrived in Canada! My thanks to Kate Wilson and the Stroud News for amending the articlel! Nice to know our comments are read, too! RobtheFox
  • Score: 4

6:22pm Sun 23 Mar 14

pok says...

Mrs Puckridge taught me at the Stroud Technical College in the late 70s. She is a delightful woman and I'm sorry she has been treated this way.
Mrs Puckridge taught me at the Stroud Technical College in the late 70s. She is a delightful woman and I'm sorry she has been treated this way. pok
  • Score: 5

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