The annual increase to the UK state pension has been applied from 6 April 2019. The rates have been increased as follows: – ‘Old’ UK state pension: increases from £125.95pw to £129.20pw – ‘New’ UK state pension: increases from £164.35pw to £168.60pw Effectively this is an increase of 2.6% which compares favourably to the 1.9%…Read More →
There’s a relief! An agreement concluded between the UK and Irish governments this month (February 2019) reaffirms that existing cross-border social security benefits, including the UK state pension among other things, will continue after Brexit. This agreement was concluded under the auspices of the CTA (Common Travel Area) regulations so, it uniquely applies to Irish…Read More →
A recent letter regarding the significance of the CTA submitted by the Irish Ambassador to the UK, Adrian O’Neill, to the Irish World, a weekly newspaper for the Irish in Britain. See link below. Letter seems to strongly indicate that despite the UK leaving the EU Ireland will still enjoy certain privileges in the…Read More →
Interesting take on Brexit by Richard Curran of the Irish Independent. https://www.independent.ie/business/brexit/richard-curran-there-are-no-guarantees-for-us-in-postbrexit-uk-dealings-37528879.html All bets off if there is No Deal by 29 March 2019! He does mention social welfare rights which by extension includes UK state pension entitlements. The No Deal scenario truly looks like staring into the abyss. After yesterday’s mass resignations in…Read More →
I moved to Aberdeen in June 1992 and started work there in August. I finished up at the end of September 1996 and returned to Ireland so, a little over 4 years. Years passed and I eventually made an enquiry from HMRC regarding my eligibility for UK State Pension, if any, thinking I could not…Read More →
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