The pound was placed on the defensive again on Thursday, amid concerns the UK may be at risk of a credit rating downgrade.
Currently if you live in the UK, anywhere in the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland, you’ll receive an increase to your state pension each year in line with the triple lock, matching the rise in wage growth, inflation or a set 2.5%, whichever is higher.
Under the terms of the withdrawal agreement agreed between the UK and EU last year, this will continue for anyone who is eligible to receive a UK state pension and is living in one of these countries by the end of 2020.
However, from 2021 onwards it’s uncertain whether anyone moving to one of these countries will be eligible for the yearly increase, with it being dependent on negotiations between the UK and EU on their future relationship.
It’s likely that the UK will only continue the yearly pension increases in countries which have a reciprocal agreement for its own state pensioners living in the UK.
Speaking to the BBC, the Department for Work and Pensions stated:
‘Insisting on reciprocal arrangements has been government policy for over 70 years and will continue to be so.’
The Republic of Ireland, Gibraltar and Switzerland already have pre-existing agreements in place, so UK pensioners living in these countries will continue to benefit from the yearly increase regardless of any deal agreed between the UK and EU.
The UK also has agreements in place with a number of countries outside of Europe, with UK state pensions claimed in countries including the US, Israel and Barbados all rising in line with the triple lock each year.
Things might get a little more complex if you’ve been working in Europe before deciding to retire however.
For instance, you may have spent 20 years working in the UK before moving to France and continuing your career for another 20 years before retiring.
At the moment you would claim your pension in France and then French and British authorities would co-ordinate your claim into a single payment.
This is also set to remain in place until the end of 2020, after which time such co-operation will depend on the future relationship negotiated between the UK and EU.
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While we can’t be 100% sure how Brexit may affect your UK state pension, by exploring your currency options you can ensure you always get the best value when transferring it aboard.
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