Campaigns. It is important that I continue to know the strength of feeling on an issue and I prefer to respond to every inquiry, but the sheer size of campaign correspondence means that it is hard to justify to the tax payer the cost and time taken for individual written replies, so regrettably I will no longer reply to every item of campaign correspondence.  I will  post a response to the campaign on the "Responses to campaigns" page of my website.

I am sorry to do this, as it is rather impersonal, but can see no other way of maintaining a good service for all my constituents unless I approach campaigns this way.


15 MAR 2019

Frozen Pensions

Thank you for taking the time to email me about the uprating of pensions abroad.

I understand your concern on this matter, however the policy on uprating the UK state pension overseas is a long-standing policy of successive Governments. It has been in place for around 70 years. The Government uprate the UK state pension where there is a legal requirement to do so, such as for state pension recipients living in the European Economic Area, Switzerland, Gibraltar and countries with which there is a reciprocal agreement that provides for uprating.

Restoring the pension to UK levels for all overseas pensioners, where we do not currently uprate, would cost more than £600 million extra a year.

You may be interested in research published last month concerning the estimated cost of uprating State Pension for overseas residents living in countries where State Pension increases are not paid: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/estimated-costs-of-uprating-state-pension-in-frozen-rate-countries

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