House of Lords written question – answered on 7th March 2012.

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Photo of Lord Jones of Cheltenham Lord Jones of Cheltenham Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to uprating all overseas United Kingdom state pensions annually.

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

The UK state pension is payable world-wide but is only up-rated if the recipient is residing outside the UK where there is a legal requirement or reciprocal agreement to do so. There are no plans to change the current arrangements. The Government believe that, particularly in the current economic climate, resource priorities should remain focused on pensioners within the UK.

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