Suggested draft letter(s) for sending to an MP or Minister.
If any change is to happen in the rules affecting the Continental expatriate, it will happen ONLY by huge pressure of public opinion and bringing embarrassment to the Government. Thousands of letters are needed to land in the mail boxes of the politicians.
Please write a letter even if you think it inadequate; even if it is short indeed the short letter from the heart is often the best. Your contribution is desperately needed.
A list of signatures on a petition is almost futile and moreover hugely laborious to operate. Many emotionally charged letters to people in power MAY achieve something. These people are as naked as us all beneath their clothes and stripped of their positions of office and most actually have emotions and feelings of public concern in their souls. Pluck at their consciences.
IF ONE DOES NOTHING - NOTHING WILL BE DONE!
A letter costs 70 centimes and a little of your time; less than a cup of coffee (if you can afford one). Is it not worth the trouble?
Here are some sample emotional letters as examples to modify:- But also read some Readers Letters and comments (on link on the blog site) to get ideas.
Introduction -----Dear (xxxx xxxxxx MP) (Mr. Darling) (Mr. King) (Mr. Brown) (Mr. Bryant) etc. see addresses on blog site
Letter 1. I have been reading the Blog site [http://pensionersdebout.blogspot.com/] and I realise that I should write to you to tell you about my circumstances and ask for your help.
We came to
Letter2. We are Old Age Pensioners. We live in
What will you do to help us? Yours sincerely.
Letter 3. We came to
The income from savings has also collapsed.
Will you do something to help me?
Letter 4. (to P.M.) I am a British citizen and I need your
help. There are many like me. I have no vote for anyone in the British
Parliament because I left
The above are all imaginary letters, but based on some real situations. If you are able to be more elaborate (or more sophisticated) then read on.
Posted letters are frankly better than emails. However to email--- If the MP is named A.N.Other
- Then the email address is normally of
the form firstname.lastname@example.org. But check the web site for your MP in the
side panel of the blog site.. This will be the MP for the constituency
where you were last resident. You may
well find another type of email address.
Moreover the MPs will not normally reply to an email from a post code
outside their constituency. So give your
OLD UK postcode. If you were NOT resident in the
In that case you will have to write (better anyway) to the Minister for Europe, Caroline Flint or The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Alistair Darling., or even the Prime Minister. The Bank of England is responsible for the bank rate- so write to The Governor, Mervyn King. Remember they are no more than ordinary people. Do not be hesitant to write.
If you send a letter by post to any MP then the address is House of Commons,
A posted letter is more likely to receive attention.
A very personal letter is best. Almost certainly the reply will be bland and stupid. But persevere. In this game numbers of correspondents are important. It really is.
Below are indications of matters you might include. - [variations are in brackets] :-
To. A.N. Other MP.
I was a resident in your constituency of
.. until I retired to
[I am a retired pensioner living in
Increasingly I am concerned about the
lack of consideration given to the expatriate pensioner by the British
Government. Today with the coming
together of the European States and the freedom of movement between States,
France is a favoured retired home as let us say Bournemouth or Torquay were in
the 1930s. It should be the case that a
pensioner moving to
I am very concerned (upset annoyed) by:-
(select from below 1 to 4 or all, and modify, IT IS NOT NECESSARY TO INCLUDE ALL )
stability of the £ sterling. The Bank of England interest rate should at least
match the European Central Bank - At the present time the BoE
is 2%, the ECB is 2.5%. This is a major factor in the decline of the £
and the reduction of spending power of the pensioner's income, [ £ was = 1.40 euros, it is now =1.02 euros and
declining. This is a fall of more than 25%.]
Eventually the £ should be subsumed in the euro but at a far more favourable rate.
2. That all old age pensioners who live in continental
i./. i.e. - open bank accounts in the
ii/. receive all elderly persons' benefits, related to age, available to similar persons in the
3. The right of appropriate political representation in Parliament. An MP should be appointed to be a Minister for the expatriates in Europe, with a view to future direct election of MPs to Parliament by the constituencies of the European expatriates with British citizenship - no age or residency qualifications - solely that of being a British citizen.. - This is in line with the situation relating to the citizens of most European States.
4. Relates to ex-Government employees only (teachers NHS , military, local government workers)
intention of Article 19 of the Double Taxation Convention France/UK is recognised by the French Authorities. That is to say , that Government pensions paid to British ex-employees
To be a British Citizen is
important. The British Government should
recognise the valuable contribution that many pensioners have made to the life of
the Nation, having lived through some of the most tragic and difficult periods
of our Nations history. [Born in or
before the Great Depression of the 1930s reared in the 30s under threat of
War evacuated in the War or served in forces Bombed in the Blitz others
served in National Service and lived under post-war austerity]. It is utterly disgraceful that we should now
be treated as second class citizens
simply because we have taken advantage of the calm and civilised culture
[peace] offered on the continent of
Your deep consideration of these matters is earnestly sought.