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State Retirement Pensions: British Nationals Abroad

Question for Department for Work and Pensions

UIN 131353, tabled on 6 March 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 2 February 2018 to Question 125256, for what reasons she will not change this long-standing policy and revoke regulation three of the Social Security Benefits Up-rating Regulations 2017.

Answered on

12 March 2018

The policy on uprating pensions abroad is a long-standing one of successive post-war Governments. UK State Pensions are payable worldwide, however they are up-rated overseas only where there is a legal requirement to do so.

There are two main reasons for not paying annual up-ratings to non-residents. First, up-ratings are based on levels of earnings growth and price inflation in the UK which have no direct relevance where the pensioner is resident overseas. Second, the cost of up-rating state pensions overseas in countries where we do not currently up-rate would increase immediately by over £0.5 billion per year if all pensions in payment were increased to current UK levels.