The sense of anger is exacerbated by geographical anomalies. Half of pensioners who live abroad – those in France, Spain and the US, for instance – receive annual increases to their state payments.
But others in South Africa, Australia, Trinidad, New Zealand, Canada and nearly every other Commonwealth nation do not.
Some pensioners in these regions in their 90s receive as little as £17 a week; one 102-year-old receives less than £7 a week.
Creating a level playing field is deemed too expensive by the Government. It would cost £590m to “unfreeze” the pensions for the next year.
That you’ve paid in for 40 years to a contributory pensions matters not. If they need the money to pay for duck houses then that’s what they’ll do.
And seriously, there is no justification for this at all other than that they prefer to do other things with the cash. All the explanations they offer are just weaseling around this simple fact.