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A Parliament petition has launched calling for the state pension policy to be amended as some 500,000 people currently miss out on the yearly payment increase.

Tens of thousands of Britons do not get the April increase because they live in a country where the uprating does not apply.

The petition states: “We believe the need for reciprocal social security agreements has long passed as other countries already pay their pensioners in the UK annual increases.

“We believe the freezing of UK citizens pensioners is discriminatory, unjust and immoral.”

A person will only get the yearly increase if they live in the UK, a European Economic Area country, in Gibraltar or Switzerland, or in a country that has a social security agreement with the UK.

Excluded countries include Canada and New Zealand, despite these being popular places for Britons to move abroad to.

The petition said: “Approximately 500,000 of 1.2 million state pension recipients living abroad do not receive increases to their state pension in the same way as other state pension recipients.

“We want the state pensions of these individuals to be increased to current rates, and to receive annual increases in future.”

At the time of writing, the petition has had over 960 signatures. If it reaches 10,000 signatures, the Government will have to respond to the petition.

If 100,000 people sign the petition, it will be considered for debate in Parliament. The petition will run until February 24, 2024.

98-year-old World War Two veteran Anne Puckridge is stuck on a £72.50 a week state pension, as she moved to Canada in 2001.

Her state pension is less than half what she would get on the full basic state pension which a person of her age could receive, which is currently £156.20 a week.

She said previously: “The UK Government continues to refuse to bring an end to this injustice despite repeated attempts by the Canadian Government.

“It is clear to me that politicians in Westminster are happy to see many of their own citizens live a retirement of poverty and challenge rather than the comfort that we were promised, paid for, and deserve.”

A Government spokesperson told previously: “Our priority is ensuring every pensioner receives the financial support to which they are entitled.

“We understand that people move abroad for many reasons and we provide clear information about how this can impact on their finances.

“The Government’s policy on the uprating of the UK state pension for recipients living overseas is a longstanding one of more than 70 years and we continue to uprate state pensions overseas where there is a legal requirement to do so.”

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