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State Retirement Pensions

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 6 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the incremental cost would be of allowing all those entitled to national insurance pensions to receive the annual increase in those pensions irrespective of place of residence. (202709)

The UK state pension is uprated for UK pensioners living overseas where there is a reciprocal social security agreement or a legal requirement to do so.

The current estimate to bring all frozen rate UK state pensions up to the current rate is around £440 million and this would be an ongoing cost increasing year on year.

Source:

March 2007 retirement pension and widows benefit administrative data, 5 per cent. sample