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  1. Stellathedog

    Seniors/Pensioners concession Card

    Hi Does anyone know if its possible to get a pensioners concession card while on holiday? Seems all the touristy places that give discounts for over 65s want this concession card or seniors card before they give you anything off. We will be at our daughters in Sydney, so would have a 'proper' address. As we will be there for three weeks or so, it would be good to get if we could. Thanks in advance Pam (Saving for a CPV)
  2. Guest

    Clueless pensioners

    Retiring to oz this year to be near family, could some one in same position as regards private U.k. pensions and Government pensions give us some advise, is it best to have them transferred into Australian account or leave going into U.k. account and just taking bit by bit, with the exchange rate being so low. Also how does tax affect us, do we still pay U.k. tax or Australian tax or both Have tried finding out from various government department, its like talking to the undead.!!!!!!!!!!!
  3. The Pom Queen

    Pensioners Losing on Bank Charges

    Expat pensioners using bank-to-bank transfer facilities could be losing out on their retirement income due to the higher fees charged for such services, suggests new data from the UK's Post Office. Of the 1,038,600 pensioners living abroad the majority are transferring their sterling pensions into local currency deposited into an overseas bank account. But the Post Office warns that making regular bank-to-bank transfers to move a pension exposes expat pensioners to repeated bank charges which are significantly eating into retirement income. Some banks are charging as much as £42.50 per transaction, warns the Post Office, which calculates that such quarterly transfers will incur charges of £170 over a year - that's the equivalent of almost a fortnight’s worth of the current State Pension allowance. The Post Office advises pensioners to shop around to make sure they’re not wasting money on bank transfer fees by always checking the small print for any transfer service they use. It points out that it's own International Payments service doesn’t charge a fee at all, and also offers a regular payment facility so customers don’t have to make repeat transactions. The service also allows customers to fix their exchange rate for up to a year to avoid being caught out by fluctuating rates. Sarah Munro, Head of Money Transfers at the Post Office, says, “It’s a real shame that at a time when they should be enjoying life, so many pensioners may be having their income eaten up by high bank charges, when sending cash overseas.
  4. Just to balance thinks out after about poverty with pensioners in the UK, it affects Oz as well, we have a growing older population that needs money set aside for them from whatever means possible, they served in wars and do not need this treatment in Oz or in the UK. Australian seniors live in poverty by international measures, which is the fourth highest old-age poverty rate in OECD countries, after Ireland, Korea and Mexico. 1 in 4 pensioners living in poverty: OECD - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) http://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&q=cache:yDFIhUPAL5cJ:www.oecd.org/dataoecd/8/61/43071222.pdf+AUSTRALIAN+OLD+AGE+poverty+RATE&hl=en&gl=uk&pid=bl&srcid=ADGEESjy-WXx88wLLzVUfxFWEUBfNTpYqn1SfXBUgwxoHxRBNoGR9QlIwZpV64EUyTgVTvNmgMYyIOMiaiXUYC7Fcb8Uqxv5dO6CTE9Hv8hse3nQtbfr80Th07n_wqTe-SijlZ-1MvAs&sig=AHIEtbSrpSo9g0R1V_kX6kbu0FvfMqM4Dg
  5. Guest

    Migration for UK pensioners

    Hi, having just joined PomsinOz I have a query re applying for a visa under the Contributory Parent visa scheme. At the moment my wife and I are living in Spain and have been for the last six years and as such are no longer registered with the UK National Health Service but as EU citizens we are fully covered by the Spanish Health Service, qualifying for this as we are UK pensioners. I understand from my daughter in Victoria that there is some reciprocal arrangement for health care in Australia with the UK NHS. I am pretty sure that this would not apply to the Spanish Health Service so my questions are:- Would I need to return to UK and register back into the NHS before applying for a visa? What sort of reciprocal care is there between Australia and the UK? What charges are there for visits to the Doctor, for prescriptions etc? What amount of money is involved in the Contributory visa and is it for any health care? My Wife and I are both in our 70’s and of good health but nevertheless it would be quite a change of lifestyle and we would like to find out as much independent information as possible. One other question before I bore you to tears. Is it necessary to use an Immigration Agent to start the ball rolling?
  6. If you are eligible, or will soon be, for a British age pension there is a good association to join, known as BPiA. Contact "Jim Tilley" <jimtilley@bigpond.com> for details. Jim is very helpful on how to claim, how the British pension affects Australian tax (you can get a rebate!), what to do when in the EU including UK so as to get cost of living increases, and many other matters. The chief of these is a relentless pursuit of the injustice of "frozen" pensions through the courts and with UK politicians.
  7. hELLO THERE, FIRST TIME WE HAVE POSTED NEW THREAD. OUR ONLY SON IN BRISBANE WOULD LIKE TO GET US OUT TO AUSTRALIA IN THREE YEARS AND PAY THE EXTRA MONEY TO DO THIS. HOW MUCH IS HE LIKELY TO HAVE TO FIND IN THE THREE YEARS AND WHAT OBSTACLES ARE WE LIKELY TO ENCOUNTER. WILL WE HAVE TO LIVE IN BRISBANE OR WAIT THE THREE YEARS, OR, IS IT , GET TO OZ AND THEN RETURN TO UK AND AGAIN GO OUT FINALLY. WE FIND ALL THE JARGON MYSTIFYING???? HELP! Z & A:confused:
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