Daily Mirror : 2020-05-05

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NEWS

FROZEN OUT DAILY MIRROR 12 DM1ST TUESDAY 05.05.2020 darren.lewis@mirror.co.uk @MirrorDarr­en LEWIS DARREN Honest and opinionate­d We need action not clapping to help our heroes 500,000 expats cut off from state pension rises TRICIA PHILLIPS BY Personal Finance Editor payment levels received when they retired. They live in one of 90 countries which have no reciprocal state pension deal with the UK, including Australia and India. The End Frozen Pensions campaign has launched a fresh appeal to the Government to end this scandal ahead of Friday’s VE Day anniversar­y. Spokesman Paul Gaffney said: “This callous policy is a disgrace.” CAMPAIGNER­S aim to end the “scandal” of 500,000 people missing state pension rises because they live abroad. Around 100,000 of those affected are military veterans. Robert Hayley, 95, who fought in the Second World War, is on £48 a week. A signaller on HMS Suffolk from 1942 to 1946, he has lost out on more than £60,000. The frozen out pensioners are stuck on t.phillips@mirror.co.uk @Triciaaphi­llips Robert Hayley MY AUNT was among the NHS workers recruited from the Caribbean in the Sixties. works in the emergency services, I see first hand the dedication of our key workers. One friend of mine sleeps at the hospital where he works to reduce the coronaviru­s risk to his family. Yet clapping now has become the thing some people do on auto-pilot. The exhausted Facebook mum shamed by her neighbours for sleeping through it last week is an example of the social pressure that has overtaken a well-meaning act of appreciati­on. How does abandoning social distancing and massing on Waterloo Bridge at 8pm on a Thursday night help our NHS? When the clapping is led by politician­s and critics who supported doctors and nurses being denied pay rises then you know you’d rather find another way. I’d prefer to contribute financiall­y, volunteer, do something more substantiv­e than an act likely to be forgotten once the UK succeeds in its indecent haste to return to some kind of normality. The NHS dead include people who came out of retirement to save lives. We can’t bring them back but we can properly appreciate the living in their memory. When Britain desperatel­y needed nurses she answered the call. She would serve this country’s Health Service for 30 years among a tranche of foreign key workers proving their worth long before the coronaviru­s. After a stroke in 2001, my mum was cared for at the Homerton Hospital in East London. The staff there were diligent, compassion­ate and caring to a fault. When I clapped on that first Thursday I fought back the tears that actually shocked me by welling up as I reflected on what the NHS means to me. It matters. Every doctor, nurse or ancillary worker could be my aunt for whom the patients were a priority and the job meant everything. I’ve been clapping ever since. Now though, I’d rather see action than clap again. I’d rather our everyday heroes were paid proper money than lip service, while those same doctors and nurses are doing their jobs without the equipment they need. With a teacher wife, a headteache­r sister and a brother-in-law who NHS staff ‘‘ I’d rather NHS workers were paid proper money than lip service

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