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Pension drop brings worry

We chose to come and live in France long before our daughter came here in 2004, arriving in January 2005, which coincided with my 65th birthday (my wife was 62).

We received our pensions – two state ones and one from my employers – and managed very well, getting rises that helped with price increases.

We were able to have holidays, buy birthday presents for family, and started to buy a cheap house.

Then the Brexit vote arrived, the pound to euro exchange rate dropped, and, since 2016, we have lost about €20,000 in income. We are running on tickover; no holidays, no birthday treats – relying on charities to help us.

Who is going to compensate us for our loss of income? Is it going to be restored after January 31, which is my 80th birthday?

Where did the money go?

Barry and Patricia Carleton, Charente-Maritime

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