Local MP Bell Ribeiro-Addy is the joint organiser of a letter to government calling on it to change a policy that hits the pensions of the Windrush Generation.
The MP, whose Streatham constituency takes in parts of Brixton, worked with the End Frozen Pensions campaign to coordinate the letter signed by 53 MPs from different parties.
It calls on government to reconsider its “frozen pensions” policy.
More than half a million UK pensioners living overseas do not receive their full UK state pension as a result of this policy. The pension of any UK pensioner living abroad in certain countries is frozen at the level it was when they retired or left the UK.
People affected live in countries which do not have a joint agreement to inflation-link the state pensions of people from one country living in the other.
Many former British colonies are affected, while the Philippines and the USA are not.
The letter gives the example of 82-year-old Monica Williams, who has been receiving the same pension payment – £74.11 – since she had to return to Antigua to look after her sick mother in 1996.
Monica’s sister, who remained in the UK, receives a full, regularly uprated UK state pension.
The letter calls for an end to the system to ensure that all UK pensioners receive the full amount they are entitled to.
Ribeiro-Addy said: “Frozen pensions leave those affected living on significantly less than they are entitled to.
“This longstanding policy disproportionately impacts members of the Windrush Generation, many of whom didn’t leave the UK voluntarily and were not informed their pension would be frozen.
“If you’ve made National Insurance contributions your whole working life, there’s no reason you shouldn’t receive your full and up-rated pension in retirement, wherever you choose to live.”