Money alert: Campaigners seek commitment to unfreeze pensions


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The fight for pension parity for more than half a million British pensioners living in Commonwealth countries continues.

This week Sheila Telford, chair of the International Consortium of British Pensioners, reminded pension minister Steve Webb of his 2004 support to end unfair frozen pensions.

She told him: "There is a perception that politicians are opportunistic liars who will say anything to get elected. Is there really no room for people of personal integrity, who act with honour and consistency?"

The victims have had their pensions frozen at the rate when they left Britain, leaving many with a pittance to live on.

Meanwhile, those who retired to the EU or 20 other countries – including the United States – have their state pension increased each year. Campaigners are seeking a commitment to unfreeze current pensions.

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