Benefits and pensions for UK nationals in the EEA or Switzerland as part of the UK and EU transition
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The Government have updated the guidance on Benefits and pensions for UK nationals in the EEA or Switzerland as part of the UK and EU transition.
The main points of interest are;
If you are a UK national living in an EEA state or Switzerland by 31 December 2020 you are covered by the Withdrawal Agreement You will get your UK State Pension uprated every year for as long as you continue to live there. This will happen even if you start claiming your pension on or after 1 January 2021, as long as you meet the qualifying conditions.
If you are working in the EEA or Switzerland, you will be able to count future social security contributions towards meeting the qualifying conditions for your UK State Pension.
You will continue to receive any UK benefits you already receive in the EEA or Switzerland for as long as you continue to live there, and continue to meet all other eligibility requirements.
If you are not covered by the Withdrawal Agreement and you move to live in an EEA state or Switzerland on or after 1 January 2021, your right to receive some UK benefits will change. Some benefits may only be paid for a time-limited period in these countries in future.
The government is seeking to maintain arrangements with the EU in some areas however the rules depend on the outcome of negotiations and may change. This includes:
counting future social security contributions in the EEA and Switzerland towards meeting UK State Pension qualifying conditions
getting your UK State Pension uprated every year in the EEA and Switzerland
Regardless of the outcome of negotiations, you’ll continue to be able to claim or receive your UK State Pension in the EEA or Switzerland, as long as you meet the qualifying conditions
Full details are on the link below: