Begin forwarded message:From: "British Pensions in Australia" <membe...@bpia.org.au>Subject: Jim Tilley AODate: 14 June 2021 at 2:35:32 pm AESTTo: ric...@me.comReply-To: membe...@bpia.org.au
BPiA is proud to announce that our founder Jim Tilley has today been awarded the Order of Australia for services to seniors.
This award recognises years of hard work by Jim assisting many Australians obtain their pension entitlements. Jim has campaigned for the end of the British Government's unfair discrimination against Australian residents, a fight that continues to this day.
There are over 200,000 recipients of British State Pension living in Australia. Entitlement to British State Pension arises from having made sufficient contributions to Britain's National Insurance Scheme and having reached State Retirement Age. The pension is paid regardless of nationality.
The British Government pays annual increases to pensioners living in the UK and to the majority of pensioners living overseas. It does not pay annual increases to people living in Australia. Their pensions are frozen.
Patrick Edwards, President of BPiA commented "Jim has fought relentlessly for an end to the British Government's unfair and arbitrary discrimination against Australians and this award is a fitting reward for his lifetime of outstanding service to pensioners in Australia. BPiA is proud that the Governor General has seen fit to recognise its founder in this way."
Those wishing to congratulate Jim should write to him at Meadowbank Grove, 8 Sherbrooke Road, West Ryde, NSW 2114.
You might also write to your local newspaper, telling them that in your opinion no Order of Australia award has never been so justly given.
Jim is unable to receive emails or text messages or telephone calls. His son and daughter-in-law have asked that if you have Jim's personal telephone number, you do not use it.