State Retirement Pensions: British Nationals Abroad

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 26th May 2016.

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Photo of Ian Blackford Ian Blackford Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Pensions)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on funding the uprating of pensions that are frozen for people living overseas.

Photo of Justin Tomlinson Justin Tomlinson Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Department for Work and Pensions) (Disabled People)

The Secretary of State is in regular contact with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on pensions issues. UK State Pensions are payable worldwide and are uprated overseas where we have a legal requirement to do so – for example in the European Economic Area or in countries where there is a reciprocal agreement in place which allows for uprating. There are no plans to change this policy.

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George Morley
Posted on 27 May 2016 8:57 pm (Report this annotation)

Mr Tomlinson, you said "UK State Pensions are payable worldwide and are uprated overseas where we have a legal requirement to do so "
There is no legal requirement issue as this is a false statement and using an immoral and unjustified policy to maintain the status quo does the government no credit.
The Government can uprate all pensioners by the removal of the discriminative policy written into the Pension Act by the inclusion of section 20 which is responsible for the freezing of pensions abroad.
THERE IS NO LEGAL REQUIREMENT FOR PERMISSION FROM ANOTHER COUNTRY !