State Retirement Pensions: British Nationals Abroad

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 27th September 2022.

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Photo of Zarah Sultana Zarah Sultana Labour, Coventry South

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will make an assessment of the impact of the freeze on the state pensions of people living abroad on levels of poverty amongst those people.

Photo of Alex Burghart Alex Burghart The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

DWP does not make such an assessment. The UK State Pension is payable worldwide to those who meet the qualifying conditions. Entitlement is based on an individual’s National Insurance record. The policy on up-rating UK State Pensions overseas is long-standing and has been supported by successive post-war Governments for over 70 years. We continue to up-rate UK State Pensions abroad where there is a legal requirement to do so – for example where there is a reciprocal agreement that provides for up-rating. There are no plans to change this policy.

This Government continues to take the view that priority should be given to those living in the UK when drawing up expenditure plans for pensioner benefits.

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