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European court rejects appeal to inflation-proof expat pensions

The European Court of Human Rights has rejected an appeal by a group of pensioners calling for their payments to increase with inflation.

Currently, inflation proofing only applies to UK pensioners who live in the European Economic Area or in 15 other countries.

A group of 13 pensioners living in countries including Australia and Canada were demanding the UK Government change its pensions policy.

They claim the rules unfairly discriminate against them, and nearly half a million other expatriate UK pensioners, in breach of the European Convention on Human Rights.

The European Court of Human Rights rejected an appeal from the group of pensioners by an 11 to 6 majority. The decision has saved the Government at least £500m a year.

The appeal was the latest stage in a long-running legal challenge.

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  1. Again british people are being discriminated as to where they wish to spend there retirement no NHS no pension increase but still pay tax on all recieved pensions,perhaps i should move into politics??

  2. Social Services spend £Billions on funding immigrants, keeping failed asylum seekers illegally resident in the UK. Infact if you have never paid into the system the probability of receiving benefits vastly exceed that of those who have paid.

    English ex pats should use their votes, but not on the main parties they should support that party that will look after there interest best even if they disagree with their policies, a protest vote is still a vote.

  3. Is the European Court not the place that declares terrorists cannot be deported, as there lives may be in danger, while having no regard for the people killed and injured by their activities.

    Or allows endless appeals using legal aid grants.

    Out with the Labour Party.
    Appeal the Human Rights Act.
    Come out of Europe.

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