So it would seem Yemen is a very popular place for British retirees
Where few register deaths it would seem..
I dare say there's probably been the odd Thai wife who's been a little tardy when it comes to wrapping up her late husband's affairs - sometimes, probably, in all innocence - because she has no idea who to notify in the UK.
However - let's not dwell too much on that. With Brexit, the iniquity of where pensions are indexed and where they are not is laid bare, and as government will be reluctant to freeze the pensions of those who have retired to places like Spain, there is a good chance that all overseas pensions will get indexed.
I'm meeting my MP at a social event in two weeks time, and will seek to solicit her support for this.
Key campaign points:
1) Most retire abroad because the state pension isn't enough to live on in the UK, and they don't want to beg for benefits - not because they are super rich.
2) By retiring abroad people free up a home, which eases the housing crisis.
3) Many are later forced to return to the UK when they can no longer get health insurance due to their age, or because their state pension has become too devalued - burdening the NHS and social services as a result.
4) Indexing pensions and supporting health insurance schemes for expats that does not exclude people due to existing conditions or because of their age, will save the taxpayer far more than it costs.
Note: By supporting a health insurance scheme, I suggest a top-up scheme whereby expats pay the normal premium for private health insurance based on the local commercial going rate for a healthy 50 yr old, irrespective of their age or current health. The scheme then picks up the tab for the difference.
I may be drunk, Miss, but in the morning I shall be sober and you will still be ugly...