House of Lords written question – answered on 10th January 2011.

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Photo of Lord Shipley Lord Shipley Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will end the practice of not uprating pensions of United Kingdom pensioners living overseas.

Photo of Lord Freud Lord Freud The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

The UK state pension is payable worldwide but is only up-rated abroad where there is a legal requirement or reciprocal agreement to do so. A well known court case challenging the UK's position was heard by the European Court of Human Rights' Grand Chamber in September 2009 and the Court's judgment of March 2010 was in the UK's favour. We continue to take our obligations under the terms of the European Convention on Human Rights seriously and are satisfied that we are complying. We therefore have no plans to make any changes to the current arrangements.

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