The ICBP is the International Consortium of British Pensioners. The BPIA are the British Pensioners in Australia, who are closely allied to the ICBP.
The ICBP have recently started an e-petirion about the Frozen Pensions issue. Please see the link below:
The link to the e-petition is at the top left of the Home Page.
The drill with e-petitions is that if they attract at least 100,000 signatures then the Back Bench Committee have to consider asking for a Parliamentary debate about the issue. Whem I addred my own name to the e-petition the other night, about 9,750 people had signed it before me.
According to the e-mail that I received from the ICBP, the Daily Telegraph are supporting the e-petition and a PR company called Champollion are trying to garner support for it too:
We need ALL the support we can get for this campaign - please, please, please.
For anyone who is not aware of the details, originally the British Government said that the State Pension would be frozen for all British Pensioners. They said it would only be uprated annually for British Pensioners living in the UK. Someone went to the European Court of Human Rights. The ECHR ruled that the annual increase must be paid to any British Pensioner living anywhere in the EU or living in a country that has a reciprocal Social Securyty Agreement with the UK.
The British and Australian Governments used to have a bilateral Social Securuty Agreement but that was terminated unilaterally by the British Government some years ago. So British Pensioners living in Australia do not receive an annual increase in their State Pensions.
In 2009, there was an Appeal to the Grand Chamber of the ECHR but the Judges ruled that the ECHR is not competent to make a ruling when the Pensioner does not live in the EU or in another country that has a reciprocal SS agreement with the UK.
The Australian Government supports the British Pensioners in Australia. They have been brilliant about expressing their unequivocal support.
Prior to the 2010 General Election, Calamity Clegg said that he supported the British Pensioners and would make noises in Parliament, would change the law if the Lib-Dems were elected and blah blah. Predictably, the silence from him has become deafening since he became the Deputy PM.
So - we have two different groups of British Pensioners - the Haves and the Have Nots. It is believed that about 250,000 British Pensioners live in Australia. All of them are Have Nots.
Your support for them would be very gratefully appreciated, I can promise. We need to get the number of signatures up to 100,000 minimum.