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DWP issues guidance on pensions for UK nationals in the EEA or Switzerland, and EEA and Swiss citizens in the UK
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has issued guidance on benefits and pensions for UK nationals in the EEA or Switzerland, together with guidance on benefits and pensions for EEA and Swiss citizens in the UK. The guidance explains the rights to benefits and pensions after the UK has left the EU and confirms there will be no changes before 31 December 2020.
In particular, the guidance confirms that UK nationals living in an EEA state or Switzerland by 31 December 2020 will be covered by the Withdrawal Agreement and will get their UK State Pension uprated every year for as long as they continue to live in an EEA state or Switzerland. This will happen even if they start claiming their pension on or after 1 January 2021, as long as they meet the qualifying conditions.
For Irish citizens living in the UK, the guidance confirms that family members living in the UK will be able to claim or continue to receive the UK benefits they are entitled to, as now, after the UK leaves the EU. Irish citizens will also continue to receive any Irish benefits they remain entitled to while living in the UK.
Other EEA and Swiss citizens will be able to enter the UK and will be eligible to claim benefits as now until 31 December 2020. Under the Withdrawal Agreement, they and their family members living in the UK by 31 December 2020 will be able to claim or continue receiving UK benefits on the same terms as now for as long as they continue to be lawfully resident in the UK and meet the eligibility requirements. They will need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme by 30 June 2021 to remain in the UK and be eligible to claim benefits.
For further information, see: Benefits and pensions for UK nationals in the EEA and Benefits and pensions for EEA and Swiss citizens in the UK
Brexit – implications for private pensions
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