There are well over 500,000 British ex-pat pensioners (I’ll
call them BEPPs for brevity), who are being deprived of their entitlement to
annual increases to their state old-age pensions!
As an individual, I have written to most of the national
newspapers in Britain, in an attempt to get the Government to realise that
they are, in effect, stealing from us! We all worked for 40 years or so,
paying our weekly NI stamps, in order to receive an indexed pension to
enable us to enjoy a comfortable retirement but our pensions have been
frozen, simply because of where we chose to spend our final few years!
There are several countries where the BEPPs are in the
same financial position as ourselves here in Thailand, the 3 main ones being
Australia, South Africa & Canada. The BEPPs in these countries have all
formed groups, continually fighting for justice (in vain so far)! There is
just a small number of us fighting in Thailand & our aim is to drum up more
support for the cause! There must be thousands of us here?
We are planning two meetings in Pattaya, Thursday 19
August and Sunday 22 August, both starting at 12:30 p.m. Obviously, we can’t
decide on a location until we get an idea of how many people want to attend,
so, if you are in the same boat as ourselves, you are more than welcome to
come & join us.
I know that many of you have simply accepted the fact
that your pension has been frozen by the Government & that the Government is
too big an organisation to fight! That’s NOT the case, the MPs that we voted
into power & the civil servants (what an oxymoron!) who run the Country, are
simply ordinary human beings, like you & me!! Perhaps the Chancellor of the
Exchequer thinks our “fighting days” are over because of our age? Let’s
prove him wrong!
My letters to the British national press so far, seem to
have fallen on stoney ground, maybe because I’ve been writing as an
individual? If there were hundreds of us, all voicing the same opinion of
the way we’re being unjustly treated by the British Government, perhaps they
will sit up & take notice!
I’ve been reliably informed that the cost of giving us
our rightly earned annual increase, would amount to only 1% of the annual
state pension bill!
So, if you want to help us fight for justice, come to one
of our meetings in Pattaya but e-mail me in the first instance on [email protected]
, showing your commitment & then, as I said earlier, we can arrange a