Have to agree that this little regulation has always confused me. Surely ex-pats are less of a drain on the system (until we have to deploy half the RAF/RN to evacuate them from whatever sunny African state they have settled in).
If they paid their dues they are entitled to their penions.
In many cases they have left for sunnier climes simply because they can live better on their pensions. Its a sad reflection on this country that many have done so simply to have a reasonable standard of living,.
I agree wholeheartedly, my Brother moved to the phillipines, not out of some perverse interest in lady boys, but because he can afford to live on his service pension, without resorting to wearing twelve jumpers and sitting in the dark with a clockwork radio.
I dare say tit's a similar sort of reasoning to that behind opposing the Gurkha pensioners' right to settle: pensioners living outside the UK are spending their cash outside the UK, causing a net drain.
I was about to say 'It's a sad day for Britain when money counts for more than personal dignity of the elderly' but then I remembered... Perhaps the Treasury should concentrate their efforts on the multitude of far greater drains from those who've not earned the same right to any consideration?