State Retirement Pensions: British Nationals Abroad

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 2nd March 2017.

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Photo of Steve McCabe Steve McCabe Labour, Birmingham, Selly Oak

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the effect on UK retirees living in other EU countries and receiving a state pension based on the triple lock of the UK leaving the EU.

Photo of Richard Harrington Richard Harrington The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

The reciprocal rights and entitlements that will apply following the UK’s exit are subject to the wider negotiation on our future relationship with the EU. We have not yet begun these negotiations, so it is not possible to set out any positions in advance.

At every step of this negotiation we will seek to ensure the best possible outcome for the British people, at home and overseas.

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Jane Davies
Posted on 3 Mar 2017 3:58 pm (Report this annotation)

"We will seek to ensure the best possible outcome for the British people, at home and overseas."
Don't forget the frozen 4% who are fighting for justice and have been for decades Mr Harrington. You can no longer ignore them and just concentrate on the British people in the EU because that would be a very public continuation of the blatant discrimination already in place and too many eyes are watching you now in your handling of EU British pensioners. You can no longer brush the 4% aside. You do realise this injustice means thousands are living in poverty solely because of the UK governments refusal to index link their state pensions? They have paid for their pensions under the same terms as everyone else and are just as entitled to an indexed pension. You do realise the DWP has admitted that agreements with a foreign country are not needed to pay pensioners their indexed pension as this is a purely domestic matter? You should know it's your job to know these things. The frozen pensioners are watching you so do the right thing for once and include them , it is way past time this wrong was put right but are you the one to do it, do you have the moral backbone? We shall see.

George Morley
Posted on 3 Mar 2017 4:33 pm (Report this annotation)

Mr Harrington, You are in the perfect position to press for the correct democratic and honest outcome for all pensioners currently in the EU by granting pension parity worldwide which will also solve your other problems with overseas pensioners currently denied any uprating as a result of section 20 which introduces the need for an unnecessary reciprocal agreement and just brings into being a discriminatory policy contrary to so many other agreements worldwide against the use of discrimination.
This shows the absolute contempt of current and past politicians to disregard their honoured sworn statements regarding discrimination to the detriment of the small minority of pensioners affected.

Anne Puckridge
Posted on 3 Mar 2017 6:23 pm (Report this annotation)

Mr. Harrington: Can we, the UK's frozen pensioners, assume you are sincere when you say you "will seek to ensure the best possible outcome for the British people, at home and overseas", and that your words were very carefully chosen? Your statement acknowledges that there is work to be done with the content of future negotiations to be planned in detail - which should, and must, include reversing the long-term injustice of denying us (4 per cent of UK State pensioners overseas) the fair pensions towards which the Government accepted our decades of NI contributions. Can we now look forward to you taking the necessary action to achieve the only fair outcome for the UK's frozen pensioners?

Just a reminder, Mr. Harrington!! You will have signed the MP's Code of Conduct which stipulates "Members have a duty to uphold the law, including the general law against discrimination" and discrimination continues to be ruthlessly and unlawfully applied to our situation.