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Pensions: British Nationals Overseas

Volume 468: debated on Thursday 29 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many recipients living overseas have had their state earnings related pension frozen; and how much it would cost to uprate those pensions (a) with and (b) without back payments. (169581)

We estimate that the state earnings related pension is paid to around 110,000 overseas recipients of the UK state pension who live in countries where the pension is not uprated.

The estimated cost to uprate this element of the state pension is around 18 million in 2007-08 and it would cost around £170 million in 2007-08 if this was backdated and arrears paid.

Note: Estimates based on the latest available September 2006 RPWB dataset (5 per cent. administrative data sample).