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  1. Becontree Boy

    Labour's Election plans for Pensions affect you

    Very badly, I confess. Pensions will remain frozen under a Johnson administration. However, it is not a sin to pitch for a political party which aligns with my views.
  2. Becontree Boy

    Labour's Election plans for Pensions affect you

    Yes, none of this happens unless Labour wins the election. We have a manifesto commitment by Labour to apply the upgrades to all UK state pensions internationally. I am a member of the international branch of the British Labour Party with 3,000 members worldwide who are watching this matter closely. I have every confidence that a Corbyn led Labour government will see this matter through.
  3. Becontree Boy

    Labour's Election plans for Pensions affect you

    I'm sorry my comments have upset you. Your choice on 12th December is indeed your own.
  4. Becontree Boy

    Labour's Election plans for Pensions affect you

    Yes, that would be great. But Labour's manifesto pledge guarantees at least that the value of your UK state pension from now on will increase by at least 2.5% a year. After years of hard campaigning particularly by Australian and Canadian pensioners, this represents a significant policy shift.
  5. Becontree Boy

    Labour's Election plans for Pensions affect you

    But up to now you don't get the same out if you live in Australia and other mainly commonwealth countries because you are not entitled to the annual "triple lock" upgrades of at lease 2.5% p.a. Oddly, if you retire to the EU or USA you do get the upgrades. The UK government will even pay you the fully updated amount if you return to the UK for more than one month. Labour's manifesto commitment in part rectifies this by paying the upgrades for now on. For a new retiree that means an ongoing commitment to pay a pension of the same value as that in the UK. I accept that not everyone wants to add to the NI contribution fund and receive a full pension. It is a personal choice.
  6. Becontree Boy

    Labour's Election plans for Pensions affect you

    A couple of points. - Many people weren't aware their UK state pensions were to be frozen by moving abroad. - The principle holds that wherever in the world life takes you, if you pay the same amount of National Insurance contributions in then you should get the same amount out. I think any fair minded UK citizen would hold to that principle, and these are exactly the ones who would vote Labour.
  7. Becontree Boy

    Dark Emu

    Aboriginal or Cornish. It hardly matters. What counts is the quality of his scholarship going back over the records and diaries of the first European settlers in Australia.
  8. Becontree Boy

    Labour's Election plans for Pensions affect you

    The figures are based on the full basic rate of state pension. I got them from https://adviser.royallondon.com/technical-central/rates-and-factors/state-pension/basic-state-pension-rates/ . I imagine that you could add additional amounts to that based on the amount of SERPS you had, but that will vary from individual to individual. But the principle holds that UK state pensions are frozen and that Labour's proposals, at the least, will prevent them from diminishing further in value. I'm glad that you have chosen to vote Labour and share your worries about the future of the NHS if left in Tory hands.
  9. Becontree Boy

    Labour's Election plans for Pensions affect you

    Yes beyond a protected amount, you will be able to take 50% of your UK state pension on a Centrelink assets test. So regardless whether you rely on superannuation to top up your retirement income, a Centrelink age pension, or a combination of both, you will still be better off with Labour's UK state pension incease. But there is also a moral argument as well. Australian tax payers make up the difference in means tested cases. Labour sees a future in which new UK pension recipients get the full pension with annual increments of 2.5%+ regardless of where you live in the world. That's got to be fairer on Australian tax payers. If you've paid 35+ years of NI contributions in the UK you should get the full pension entitlement and ease the burden on Australian taxpayers. My votes for Labour as a big step towards this.
  10. Anybody from the UK who has paid National Insurance Contributions for at least ten years is entitled a part UK state pension upon their retirement. If you've paid 35 years of National Insurance contributions you are entitled to a full basic UK state pension. It's possible to pay "Class 2" contributions if you've been working in Australia to make up complete missing years. For those who have not worked for some of those years, more expensive "Class 3" contributions can be made to improve your UK State Pension. For details on exactly how to do this, I would suggest you contact "British Pensions in Australia", an independent voluntary and campaigning organisation which has developed expertise in this area over many years (see https://www.bpia.org.au/ ). A basic full British state pension is currently £168.60 per week. If you retired before April 2016, the full basic rate of pension is £129.20 per week. Sadly though, British Pensioners living in Australia and many other mainly commonwealth countries have been disadvantaged over the years because the value of their UK state pensions has been "frozen" to that available on the date a person retired. Hence, for example, a person who retired in 2000 would not get £168.60 but instead would receive £67.50 per week. However, if Labour is elected on 12th December 2019, the situation improves for British pensioners living in Australia. Labour will apply the "triple lock" to UK state pensioners living over here. This means that the value of pensions will go up by at least 2.5% a year. For people retiring after Labour's new rules come in, it means that their pensions are "unfrozen". What you get as a full basic pension from the UK in Australia will always be the same as what you would get in Britain. For those who have already retired, the "triple lock" annual increase will be applied to the "frozen value". Labour's offering represents a real improvement for British state pensioners in Australia. Vote for the conservatives and nothing like this is on offer. If you have a vote in the UK elections, I would urge you to consider voting Labour to help secure this direct benefit in your standard of living. Labour's manifesto can be read at https://labour.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/Real-Change-Labour-Manifesto-2019.pdf . The discussion on pensions is on page 76. The British Labour Party branch covering Australia and New Zealand can be contacted at australasia@labourinternational.net . Our twitter account is @AusNZ_Labour . See us on instagram at australasia_labour
  11. Becontree Boy

    Dark Emu

    Dark Emu is a powerful book. It goes to the accounts of early white explorers and settlers to describe a pre-European Australia of settled farming communities. I'm fortunate to have living evidence of such a community close by where I live in south west Victoria. The Budj Bim Cultural landscape has recently been granted UNESCO World Heritage status. It contains the architectural remains of a stone hut community of at least 200 homes built around a wooden and stone eel traps. The traps go back at 6,000 years. A keeping place and interpretation centre is being built on site, and the intention is to put some of the traps back in operation, but even now visitors can clearly see the remains of huts and traps. Pascoe points out the remains of other dams for acquaculture and agriculture all over Australia. Budj Bim is no "one off". Read Pacoe's book and your view of Aboriginal Australia may be profoundly changed.
  12. Becontree Boy

    How to vote in UK Elections - 12th December, 2019

    Hi Ali - I'm not really in the business of solixiting Tory votes, but yes, if your in-laws live overseas they coukd follow the pprocedure described on the meme and vote. But if you have sympathy with Labour, I'd urge you to register if you've lived overseas for less than 15 years. Generally, speaking, if you have a care for family left in the UK or you have been paying UK Nstional Insurance contributions for more than ten years (which qualifies you for a part state pension) then I would argue that you still have a stake on what happens there - even if you don't plan to return. Labour Votes provide the best way to protect their and possibly your interests.
  13. Becontree Boy

    How to vote in UK Elections - 12th December, 2019

    Jeremy Corbyn is a longstanding anti-racist who has actually taken part in activities to defend Jewish people in his constituency. Jeremy has always worked for peace in Northern Ireland. Yes, he met sinn fein leaders, but so did the UK government in secret talks that led to peace talks and the ceasefire called the Good Friday agreement. Aside from that, Labour offering a jobs creating Green Industrial Revolution which will allow the nation to tackle the pressing problem of clinate change. Hecalso intends to end the crippling poverty in the UK raising vulnerable individuals and families above the foodbank line. I recommend looking out for Labour's full manifesto which should be pyblished next week.
  14. Becontree Boy

    How to vote in UK Elections - 12th December, 2019

    Labour is giving voters a choice: back a renegotiated brexit which orotects the interests of working people or remain in the EU. A 'hard brexit' would do great damage to the economy. What do you not like about Jeremy Corbyn?
  15. If you have lived overseas for less than 15 years, your vote in the UK General Election on December 12th matters. Apply to vote in the Thursday 12th December UK General Election at https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote We suggest that once registered, you apply to your last UK local council for a "proxy vote". Generally, this is somebody living in or near your last constituency who can vote in a polling station on your behalf. Postal votes take too long to arrive to vote and then post back from Australia and New Zealand. DEADLINES:- Midnight Tue 26 Nov: - Register to Vote application received by Electoral Registration Officer: 5 pm Wed 27 Nov: - Your proxy’s application to vote by post received by Electoral Registration Officer - Application to change or cancel an existing proxy, postal or postal proxy vote received by Electoral Registration Officer: 5 pm Wed 4 Dec: - Application for a new proxy vote received by Electoral Registration Officer (All times are UK) This information brought to you by the Australasian branch of the British Labour Party. To help us campaign for Labour amongst Britons living in Australia and New Zealand, please contact australasia@labourinternational.net. Web: https://www.labourinternational.net/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/australasia_labour/ Twitter: @AusNZ_Labour
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