Tory MP Sir Peter Bottomley says he hopes statutory instrument will allow debate When Dela Willmott, a former office manager from Sussex, retired in 1979 – having paid national insurance all her life – her pension was £17 a week. Today, the 98-year-old is still drawing her state pension. It is still £17 a week. Willmott retired to Australia, one of the 150 countries where the UK state pensions of British retirees are frozen – they do not increase in line with inflation. Had she retired to anywhere in the European Union, the United States or other countries including the Philippines, Liechtenstein or Jamaica, her £17 would now be £122 a week.
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