State Retirement Pensions: British Nationals Abroad

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 1st March 2018.

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Photo of Faisal Rashid Faisal Rashid Labour, Warrington South

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the number of UK pensioners who live overseas who will return to live in the UK due to the lack of uprating to state pensions.

Photo of Guy Opperman Guy Opperman The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

The decision to move abroad is voluntary and remains a personal choice dependent on the circumstances of the individual. The policy on up-rating UK state pensions overseas is a long-standing policy of successive Governments. UK State Pensions are payable worldwide without regard to nationality to those people who meet the eligibility criteria and are up-rated for recipients resident abroad where there is a legal requirement to do so. HM Revenue and Customs and the Department for Work and Pensions publish information on the effect of moving abroad on the State Pension which is available at: www.gov.uk.

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