If you have lived or worked in Britain and aren’t receiving a state pension, you could be eligible for one.
The Canadian Alliance of British Pensioners is encouraging individuals who moved from, lived or worked in Britain to connect with their organization regarding possible eligibility for a British State Pension.
“One of our main aims is to advise people who’ve worked in the U.K., irrespective of their nationality, that they are, more than likely, entitled to a British state pension when they reach the appropriate age — similar to the CPP,” said Baz Clarke, a CABP spokesperson. “We’re [looking for] ex-pats, ex-British military and perhaps even the spouses of ex-British military.”
Eligibility requirements are detailed and complex and should be reviewed before applying to the U.K. Department of Works and Pensions.
CABP staff and volunteers can also help potential recipients by providing information and guidance — for a fee.
“Before we open up our resources, we like people to become a member, which is for $25,” said Clarke. “For that, our subject matter expert in our Toronto office, will go through questionnaires, check your eligibility and help you out with the paperwork.”
Clarke hopes by sharing this information, local residents with ties to Britain may be able to receive a pension, they otherwise wouldn’t have known of.
Those interested can visit www.britishpensions.com or contact the CABP by phone at 416-253-6402.
Kendall King/Local Journalism Initiative Reporter/Medicine Hat News The Canadian Press
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