Brexit Update – Guarantees for UK State Pension recipients living in Spain

The UK government has announced that it will continue to uprate the UK State Pension paid to people living in the EU each year for the next 3 years.

The UK State Pension has already been uprated in the EU for the year April 2019 to March 2020. The government has now committed to uprating the UK State Pension paid to those living in the EU each year until March 2023, in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal. The government plans to negotiate an agreement with the EU to make sure UK State Pensions for those living in the EU will continue to be uprated in the longer term.

The UK basic and new State Pension is uprated by either 2.5%, average wage growth or by prices growth as measured by the Consumer Price Index – whichever is highest.

There is no need for individuals to take any action unless your circumstances change between now and 31 October, in which case you should contact the office that pays your pension/benefit to let them know. Information on pensions can be found at

British Consul Sarah-Jane Morris said: “From the many outreach events that we have held across Spain and the Facebook live sessions that we’ve done 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”.

For the latest information on how Brexit will affect UK nationals and the actions you need to take, do visit, sign up for email alerts to the Living in Spain guide on and follow Brits in Spain on Facebook.”

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