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  • "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."
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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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