Social Security Benefits: Overseas Residence

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 21st May 2008.

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Photo of Mark Harper Mark Harper Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost of (a) disability living allowance care component, (b) incapacity benefits, (c) state pension and (d) bereavement benefits claimed outside the United Kingdom was in the last year for which figures are available; and what he expects them to be in the next three financial years.

Photo of James Plaskitt James Plaskitt Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Work and Pensions

Benefits claimed outside the United Kingdom excluding disability living allowance are in the following table.

The cost of the disability living allowance (DLA) care component claimed outside the UK was estimated to be below £1 million in 2006-07. From October 2007 the ECJ judgment on exportability of the care component will increase DLA expenditure outside the UK, however the full extent of the UK's responsibilities following this judgment have not yet been determined.

£ million
2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10
Incapacity benefit 44 44 42 36
Severe disablement allowance 1
State pension 2,175 2,323 2,482 2,651
Bereavement benefits 25 23 21 18

1. All figures are consistent with spring 2008 forecasts, as well as expenditure information published on the internet at

2. There is no forecast available for severe disablement allowance.


Departmental Accounting and Statistical data and forecasts.

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Tina Hamilton
Posted on 4 Nov 2008 6:30 pm (Report this annotation)

Interesting statistics. But maybe Mr Plaskitt can explain why, despite the ECJ judgement on the exportability of DLA, CA and AA, this government is still not adhering to the ruling to those who moved abroad before April 2008?
In order to rectify this discriminatory practice, I have had no option but to set up an e-petition on the No10 Downing Street website ( and am campaigning through several European media outlets to raise awareness.
After all, disability does not disappear in a puff of smoke just because someone steps on a plane/train/ferry!