Dear Ms. Telford:

I am responding to your correspondence of March 9 and 12, 2013, concerning the United Kingdom’s (UK) policy of non-indexation for its pensions, particularly with regards to the major review of the British pension system and the recent signing of the Charter of the Commonwealth. I apologize for this delayed reply.

As you are aware, Canada has been a stalwart supporter of the efforts of British pensioners in Canada to secure indexation for their British pensions paid into Canada. A wide array of Canadian government officials, including Prime Ministers, Ministers, High Commissioners and Deputy Ministers, have raised the issue with their counterparts in the UK Government to no avail.  However, Canada remains engaged and willing to press its position for indexation at every appropriate opportunity.

To that end, I recently wrote a letter to the UK Minister for Works and Pensions to once again propose that, in light of the generational review of the British pension system, our respective officials meet to negotiate a mutually beneficial agreement that would provide for the indexation of UK benefits. It is our Government’s position that UK’s review of its pension system is an ideal occasion to resolve this longstanding concern.

I would like to thank you and your organization for the vigilance you maintain in identifying appropriate opportunities to engage the UK.

Yours sincerely,

The Hon. Diane Finley, P.C., M.P.

Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development


  1. clive walford says

    A mutually beneficial agreement is not necessary for UK expat pensioners to have their pension uprated. Uprating can be done by domestic legislation alone which does not need any input from other countries. The Canadian Government can however put a lot of pressure on the DWP/government because of their, (Canada), costs for UK pensioners, the failure to follow the Commonwealth Charter, “EU” discrimination laws, common morality, the equality and fairness quoted in the UK governments policy and of course the financial benefits gained from the fact expats cost half that of a UK pensioner. Expats frozen pensioners save the UK at least £3 BILLION. £655 billion for uprating is a mere drop in the ocean.
    Let us hope that the Canadian Government will “get stuck in” to those UK politicians that thumb their noses at those frozen pensioners and ignore the definition of discrimination.
    Dictionary definition of discrimination.(for the benefit of the DWP)
    A) Means an unfair system that treats one group of people worse than another.
    B) A failure to treat all persons or parties equally where no reasonable distinction can be found between those favoured and those not favoured.
    C) The prejudicial and/or distinguishing treatment of an individual based on their actual or perceived membership in a certain group or category, in a way that is worse than the way people are usually treated”.

  2. Peter Duffey says

    The Canadian government has been supporting our case for years, but with no effect. I too hope that Mr Harper will speak up when in the U.K. Trouble is that the UK Treasury will always advise otherwise, as there are so many other problems for the U.K. There is never enough money. This will never be solved if it will trigger a political backlash in U.K. voters.

    How can we convince them to support us? This is perhaps the only way we could achieve a moderate succcess -say for those over 80 maybe?

  3. Brian Lager says

    Great letter. Now, hopefully, PM will mention this during his address to the UK parliament. A golden opportunity to keep the kettle boiling.

  4. Ronald Burnett says

    First class .Hope he can do something in London ! And now the UK government is trying to stop spouses from receiving a second pension based on their husbands or wives contributions .I refer to pensioners living overseas . This was a right which now they want to stop. What next , stop paying all overseas pensioners . Which are already suffering from a forty percent drop in the value of the pound . And I thought that the Minister responsible was a fair man !

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