The basic British State Pension is estimated at £185.15 a week as of April 2022. When I started collecting it in January 2012 it was £102.15 … an 81.25% rise in ten years for most pensioners. I don’t qualify for a full pension, closer to 90%, but that’s still about C$550 a month that I’m currently being stiffed due to a lack of uprating for UK pensioners living in Canada and other (mostly Commonwealth) countries. I made the same National Insurance payments for what is fast approaching half the pension amount that is my due.
“Canada is the second-largest donor to the Commonwealth and contributed a total of $10.73 million to the organization in 2020-2021.” – Source: Government of Canada
Maybe this money would be better used by distributing it as a top-up to our frozen British State Pensions?
A brief chat with Her Maj. should get things sorted … “Nice little Commonwealth country you’ve got here, shame if something should happen to it.”
Perhaps it is time to drop the trappings of the Monarchy altogether and create The People’s Republic of Canada?