The long-running legal battle by around half a million British pensioners who retired abroad against a government decision to freeze their pensions will reach its final stage in the European Court of Human Rights tomorrow.

The Strasbourg judges will hear the test case of 13 British nationals who have worked and paid national insurance in the UK but have retired in South Africa, Australia and Canada.

Unlike other British pensioners who have retired to countries with which Britain has reciprocal social security arrangements, such as the US or members states of the EU, their pensions are not indexed linked but frozen as at the date they were first drawn.

The case is an appeal from a decision by the court’s fourth section,...

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