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House of Lords written question – answered on 7th July 2011.

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Photo of Lord German Lord German Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the administrative cost of paying people normally resident abroad in a country where the basic state pension is frozen, a fully up-rated basic state pension whilst temporarily in the United Kingdom, and their relevant non up-rated basic state pension rate whilst in their normal country of residence.

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

We are not able to answer the question posed as we do not have a breakdown between countries where basic state pensions are frozen or are up-rated because our management information does not provide this level of detail.

We are able to tell you that for 2010-11 the cost of administering an international pension centre (ipc) state pension claim is £165.76. This data is at Pensions Disability Carers Service (PDCS) product level which shows full costs to PDCS excluding Investment costs and PDCS share of DWP Corporate and Shared Services Recharge for 2010-11.

Source: Department for Work and Pensions Activity Based Management System 2010/11. The data are correct as at 05.07.2011.

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