Many British pensioners decide to pack up and move abroad every year. But before pensioners move abroad, they will want to make sure that all their financial affairs are in order in the UK. One of the most important issues they will want straightened out before they go is whether or not they can you still receive their UK State Pension abroad.
Moving to a European Economic Area (EEA) Country
If you are moving permanently to an EEA country you will see a yearly increase in your pension, as EEA countries have a special agreement with the UK. Make sure you inform the UK Pensions Service prior to your move and give them your address, so that your details can be updated and you will continue to receive your pension while you are living abroad.
Receiving a Pension in Another EEA Country
If you are interested in finding out about your entitlement to a pension in another EEA country, you should refer to that country’s department or unit that is responsible for dealing with pensions and other government benefits.
EEA countries that have a reciprocal agreement with the UK include Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Republic of Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden. Switzerland and Gibraltar also follow social security arrangements with the UK, but they come with special conditions.
Ask for a UK Pension Forecast
Those planning on moving abroad who have not yet reached UK pension age can ask for a UK pension forecast up to four months before they reach pension age. The pension forecast will tell you how much your pension is now and if you will be eligible to receive more money once you reach UK pension age. If you still live in the UK, you can apply for a State Pension forecast online or you can call the State Pension Forecasting Team on 0845 3000 168 and your application will be taken over the phone. From abroad, call +44 191 219 3600.
British pensioners (or those about to reach pensionable age) can still receive their UK State Pension if they move abroad, whether they are moving to another EEA country or elsewhere. To learn more about your pension, where to send a change of address to, or any other pension-related issues, contact your local UK Pensions Service or click here for more details.
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