Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Soldiers Are Still Fighting; ATTACKING: Ex-Soldiers Hand Back Their Medals to Protest Pensions Frozen by British Government

Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Soldiers Are Still Fighting; ATTACKING: Ex-Soldiers Hand Back Their Medals to Protest Pensions Frozen by British Government

Article excerpt

TRUE fighters never stop fighting, and that's an approach a British expatriate living in Australia is taking.

Despite facing guns and explosions on behalf of his country, because George Acheson is living in Australia he can't claim annual inflationary adjustments on his pension.

Due to a stance taken by the British government, British pensions are frozen from the day these expats move from Britain to Australia but British expats living in other countries such as the United States and Turkey continue to be awarded indexed pensions, which rise with inflation.

Mr Acheson, now living in Cobaki, joined the New Zealand army in 1952 after already serving in the British army.

After retiring in 1987 he has been living on a frozen pension of A[pounds sterling]26 pounds 95p a week, equivalent to less then $42.

aIf you live in New Zealand, South Africa, Canada and Australia you don't get an increase,a Mr Acheson said.

aBut if you lived in Nigeria, you could claim your pension. …

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