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UK agrees to increase pensions for Britons in Spain at least until 2023

Many UK pensioners in Spain have been worried about their rights.
Many UK pensioners in Spain have been worried about their rights. / SUR
  • In the event of a hard Brexit, the right of expat pensioners living in the EU to the annual updates will continue, says London, and officials hope longer-term deals will be done

The British government has announced that it will continue to uprate the UK State Pension paid to people living in Spain each year for the next three years, whatever happens with Brexit.

The UK State Pension has already been uprated in the European Union for the year April 2019 to March 2020 and the government has now committed to uprating the money paid to those living in the EU each year until March 2023, in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

In a statement, the British government government said it plans to negotiate an agreement with the EU to make sure UK State Pensions for those living in the EU, including in Spain, will continue to be uprated in the longer term.

The UK basic and new State Pension is uprated annually by whichever is the highest of 2.5 per cent, average wage growth or UK inflation.

British Consul for Andalucía, Charmaine Arbouin, said: "From the many outreach events that we have held across Spain and the Facebook live sessions that we've carried out for UK nationals, we know that the uprating of pensions is an issue of great concern to many people living here, so I hope that the news will provide reassurance that their pensions will continue to rise."

Information on pensions can be found at www.gov.uk/brexit-pensions.