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Pensions: Overseas Residence

Volume 461: debated on Thursday 21 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the reasons are for the policy of freezing UK pensions overseas. (144064)

The UK state pension is fully exportable but is only uprated where there is a reciprocal social security agreement or legal requirement to do so. Our priority is to focus our efforts and available limited resources on pensioners resident in the UK.

To uprate the pension in frozen rate countries would cost around £440 million1 in 2007-08 and would increase year on year.

1 This figure does not include paying any arrears.