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Pensioners: British Nationals Abroad

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 27th June 2012.

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Photo of Paul Flynn Paul Flynn Labour, Newport West

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what reasons UK state pensioners living in countries where the pension is frozen are unable to claim a temporary pension uprating while visiting (a) the US and (b) Bermuda.

Photo of Steve Webb Steve Webb The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

The reciprocal social security agreements between the UK and respectively the USA and Bermuda are designed to co-ordinate the national insurance and benefit position of people who live or work in those countries. They aim to provide reciprocity for people who are ordinarily resident in one of the states party to the agreements, but not to residents of third countries.

Therefore a person who is ordinarily resident in a third country but temporarily resident in the USA or Bermuda cannot take advantage of the pension up-rating provisions in these bilateral agreements.

The Government have no plans to change the current arrangements for the payment of UK state pension paid overseas.

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Peter Morris
Posted on 28 Jun 2012 1:13 pm (Report this annotation)

Pensions Minister Steve Webb does not explain why the uprating restrictions for temporary visitors do not apply to all the EU countries, Jamaica, Turkey, Switzerland - up to about 38 countries in all. Why just those two countries - the USA and Bermuda?